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History

Royal Television Society was founded in the 7th day of September 1927 and is first known as The Television Society. It is first created when the television is still on its stage of experimentation. Royal Television Society as the place of meeting for the engineers in television and scientists, and also served as the very first record chart for television. It also documented the best ground-breaking work of John Logie Baird. For over 40 years, Royal Television Society held everyday meetings all over the country in which the lectures were showed on the newest technical progress of the receiver of the television. The importance or significance of the lectures showed was being acknowledged with an outstanding awards coming from different television companies. The awards received have grown and become the ultimate key feature in terms of the work of the Royal Television Society.

In late year of 1960s and in the early year of 1970s, Royal Television community evolved from including in one of the engineers to a programme makers. The Royal Television Society widened to become a forum that is independent by hosting a regular symposium in every topical subject in which members that are coming from all the different companies of television will come together and talk about the topic. In fact, symposium still continues these days as the important focus for communities in terms of television.

The archives of the Royal Television Society’s document started from its history in the year 1927 until today. It serves as the sources for the members and the historians that are researching or studying the different aspects and details in the history of television. The archives of the Royal Television Society include a written, audio visual and photographic material that is related to the history of the society. Most of it is kept off site in stores; however, it can be seen or accessed with a reasonable notice. The archives of the Royal Television Society are open for all, including the members, academic researchers and the non-members of the society. There are no charges needed for you to see all the collections of archives, but there are charges involved for the reprographic services.

In addition of answering the inquiries and maintaining all the archives of the society or RTS, the Archivist of the Royal Television organizes an application for Shiers Trust, it is a yearly research award that are given for the television history and represents archives and history group of the society. The Royal Television Society was given its Royal names in the year 1966, and the society’s current is the HRH the Prince of Wales.