BBC – A Centenary of Sights

The museum will be celebrating the BBC's centenary this year with a commemorative exhibition about the BBC and its impact on Daventry. 


On 27th July 1925, the BBC opened its transmitting station on Borough Hill, Daventry.  Known as the 5XX, it was the world’s first Long Wave transmitting station and enabled the broadcast of a national programme, which most of the nation were able to tune in to and listen.  At the opening ceremony, a poem written especially for the occasion by Alfred Noyes, was recited and coined the saying ‘Daventry Calling’ which was heard across the nation when the programme started.  


The exhibition also celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Empire Short Wave Service from Borough Hill, which opened in December 1932, marking the first broadcast to the Empire from the UK.


Exhibits will include radio receivers from the start of the BBC, such as crystal sets, through to the pop music revolution, and an early television in a 1950s room setting entitled, “Television comes to Daventry”.


Museum Opening times:


Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm


Every first Saturday of the month from 10am to 4pm