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Our MCR21 Project Launch at Amberley Museum in Sussex attracted many visitors to our exhibition, which was held in 'Humphreys Barn', located close to the Museum entrance. As a consequence, a high percentage of visitors passed though our exhibition. Many people decided to spend a considerable time talking to our volunteers, trying their hand at operating the cameras and tracing the history of MCR21 through the poster display boards, then filling in the feedback forms. These will come in useful when we design our more permanent display, which will accompany the restored MCR21.

A number of young people took part in the written quiz - finding the answers to questions about MCR21 from the displays. The £20 prize was won by eleven year old Nicco from Seaford.

Thank you to all the people who took an interest in the Project and the volunteers who gave their time and knowledge to tell people about MCR21  - Brian Summers, Richard Harris, Andrew Peakin, Paul Bicknell, Rob Burn, John Stevens, Stuart Harris, Jeremy Owen, Paul Elkington and Nick Gilbey. Thank you as well to Paul Elkington for arranging for his company, West End Limited, to sponsor the event by supplying much of the display equipment.

All this was made possible through the kind invitation from Museum Curator, Julia Edge, and Events Organiser, Nikki Austin. We hope to be back at Amberley in the not too distant future.

Wednesday afternoons has been a regular time for volunteers to help Brian Summers strip out the equipment from MCR21 before the vehicle restoration begins. Helping out in this latest session are Jeremy Owen, Len Symth with John Stevens - not in the pictures as he is taking the photos.
MCR21 on the move at last. Just a few feet back
to remove more equipmen
MCR21 is nearly ready for its trip to the vehicle restorers


The MCR21 has received considerable publicity with the help of the BBC staff based in Reading. On Monday 22nd July the Radio Berkshire Breakfast Show sent reporter, Michelle, and engineer, John, with a radio outside broadcast unit to Brian Summer's home. They broadcast a number of 'chats' with Brian about MCR21 throughout the programme.
South Today - Features the MCR21 Project

Click on the picture to start the video

Last weekend the MCR21 Project went to  the Revival  to capture the 1960s motor racing in order  to use the recordings in our restored 1960s television outside broadcast. We took the feeds from four cameras, the preview and programme output, so that they can be replayed, in sync, on the monitors in MCR21.
Inside Cloudbass OB1 Production Area
Westbury Gillett cutting the Cameras on OB1's Vision Mixer
Oscar Williams from Solent University Controlling the 6 SSD Recorders
Stephen Watkins, Cloudbass, connecting up the SDI feeds
to the SSD Recorders.
Cloudbass OB1
Everybody approached about our request to record  a race a the Goodwood Revival, has been only too willing to help. The MCR21 Project would like to thank the Duke of Richmond, Goodwood Revival - Tamara Drew, Lee Flay and Westbury Gillet at Aurora Media - James Wilson and Stephen Watkins at Cloudbass - Matt Hickling and Oscar Williams at Solent University.

After more than eighty years service to the BBC, the receiving  station for outside broadcasts at Swains Lane in Highgate, which was also used to transmit communications, was finally closed with the last piece of working kit, a  442MHz talkback transmitter, was switched off in August.

Swains Lane played an important part in the early television broadcasts. Not so well known as Alexandra Palace, its 150 ft high mast is a familiar landmark on the northern hills around London.
The power supply to the last bit of working kit at Swains Lane is switched off
Cable ends connecting Swains Lane to
Alexandra Palace and Broadcasting House

Thank you to Mike Steed and Mike Jordan for the information and photos

The grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund remains at £99,000 but they have agreed to a lesser budget of £110,000 which means that we have to raise the lesser sum of £11,000 (previously £24,000).
So thank you very much to the Heritage Fund.
Our funds have been boosted by a very generous donation to the Project from
Timeline Television.
Thank  you to Timeline TV MD, Daniel McDonnell, and our volunteer Andrew Peakin for arranging the donation.

Once again - Thank you to the National Lottery players
for making the MCR21 Project happen.

We still need help with the Project. Please do get in touch if you have some time you could devote to the Project or would like more information about the Project or perhaps you have a story to tell about MCR21. There are lots of ways people can help.

Please contact Brian Summers or Nick Gilbey  -

or telephone Nick 07831 219957
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