Radio Times and the Museum of London have teamed up to stage a brand new exhibition – Cover Story: Radio Times at 90 – marking the ninth decade of the publication with an exclusive Doctor Who display.
Fans will be able to become a cover star themselves alongside a genuine life-size Dalek against the iconic backdrop of Westminster Bridge – recreating the award-winning 2005 cover ‘Vote Dalek’ Radio Times cover.
The other covers featured in the exhibition comprise a veritable who’s who of British broadcasting, including Tony Hancock, The Goon Show, Only Fools and Horses, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Call the Midwife.
The exhibition will take visitors from the BBC’s first radio transmission to today’s multi-channel offer, through landmark broadcasts, archive clips broadcast artefacts and original Radio Times photography and artwork, including pieces by CRW Nevinson, John Gilroy and influential British graphic designer Abram Games.
Ben Preston, Radio Times Editor, said:
“To flick through the covers of Radio Times over the past 90 years is to watch a popular history of Britain unfold: Royal weddings; Coronations; the outbreak of war and peace; moon landings and even a victorious World Cup, household names created and stars born – all have graced the cover of Radio Times. No other magazine can rival Radio Times for showcasing the work of some of the nation’s finest artists and photographers, creating unforgettable magazine covers that resonate today. In our 90th year, it is fantastic to work with the Museum of London to celebrate Radio Times heritage and continued success.”
Other highlights include an illuminating original 1941 Luftwaffe Stadtplan von London map which plots Radio Times’ Waterlows printing plant in Park Royal, London, as a Nazi air-raid target alongside transport hubs, factories and landmarks.
Jim Gledhill, Museum of London Curator:
“The history of broadcasting in Britain has strong associations with London as the birthplace of the BBC. Radio Times has been an integral part of this history, so it is fitting that the Museum of London mark its 90th anniversary.”
First published by the BBC in London on 28 September 1923, Radio Times has had a long, illustrious life, documenting popular culture in TV and radio and national events watched by millions. Radio Times remains relevant in the digital age as Britain’s best-selling quality magazine with almost 900,000 weekly sales and 3 million monthly visitors to RadioTimes.com.
Following up, Sharon Ament, Museum of London Director added:
“Some of the most momentous moments from Radio Times’ considerable cannon will be on our walls. That’s not only rather splendid but totally apt as this publication has been a large part of much of our culture for the past 90 years. With its roots in London there was a point when no sitting room was without this magazine, it was a weekly ritual to pore over its pages.
The Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people, and it is Londoners who have led the way as both the producers and consumers of broadcast media. Now Radio Times has a significant presence in another sort of living room – that of a vibrant and buzzing museum. I can’t wait for it to open.”
Cover Story: Radio Times at 90 is free to visitors, and is open from Friday 2 August 2013 until Sunday 3 November 2013 at the Museum of London.
This is one of two exhibitions this year at the Museum of London which focuses on the London’s media. Later in the year, the museum will host the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2013, opening in November.