New exhibition

New exhibition

Cast an eye over Elmbridge Museum’s latest exhibition

Elmbridge Museum’s latest exhibition at the Civic Centre in Esher, ‘The Third Eye’, examines how photography, radio, film and television have been used, developed and eventually brought into the home.

The title of the exhibition comes from a 1929 film by Maclean Rogers produced by Nettlefold studios in Walton-on-Thames and tells the story of a financer who installs television technology in banks as part of a plan to rob them.

The following artefacts from the Museum collection are on display as part of the exhibition:

  • A Perfecscope stereoscope, developed in the 1900s and used for viewing 3D images.

  • A Frena Camera, 1892 made R&J Beck, London and the oldest camera owned by Elmbridge Museum. The original cost of such a camera was£8, about £3,000 in today’s money.

  • A Siemens Cine Camera from the 1930s and a later Kodak ‘Super 8’ camera (developed in 1965).

  • A 1959 Bush transistor radio.

As with many social histories, there are decisive and definitive moments in the formation of radio and television. The exhibition shows examples of how radio was used from the front line of World War by soldiers and for the 1939 announcement by Neville Chamberlain that Britain was at war with Germany.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “We now take television sets for granted but the exhibition shows what a journey this little box has taken from its humble beginnings to what it is today, embedded in the digital age. The displays include fascinating artefacts to look at as well as insightful illustrations to discover how radio, film and television have been part of our lives for over a century. This is a particularly interesting display for adults and children alike who will be captivated by the ancestors of our modern cameras and radios”.

For further information, please visit the Elmbridge Museum website, call 01372 474568 or email

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