How does traditional analogue television work? That’s a question beyond the comfort zone of most media historians who may not be familiar with analogue electronics. Even young engineers know little of thermionics, cathode rays and a myriad of other forgotten technologies. This important facet of television’s history is now only recorded by older engineers and by amateur groups who collect these technologies. In this paper, I will show by using examples how material artefacts can help us understand television’s history more fully.

broadcasting, engineering, television, conservation, restoration, preservation
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
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VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 8, No 15 (2019): Material Histories of Television; 32-45

Marshall, Paul. (2019). Making Old Television Technology Make Sense. VIEW Journal, 8(15), 32–45. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2019.jethc163