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Rich stash of props, mikes, cameras and slices of the action from 90 years of broadcasting are given to the National Media Museum

The BBC is alive and well and doing good things as ever; and among the latter is the gift of 946 historic items to the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Announced this morning, the huge goody-bag includes a very rare 1930 Blattnerphone with its steel tape to record sound (including Neville Chamberlain's announcement of war in 1939) and a radio disguised a biscuit tin, one of a series dropped by parachute to the French Resistance during the Second World War.

The collection is still being sorted and transferred to the museum's safe-keeping, but the first selection of interesting highlights goes on display in Bradford this Wednesday 14 November – 90 years to the day after the BBC's first broadcast. There will also be an online gallery on the museum's website but you can't beat »

- Martin Wainwright

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