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Science and Media Museum

TV Gallery

Explore the development, significance and cultural impact of the most influential invention of the 20th century: television.

Why do we have adverts on TV, and how much are we influenced by what we see? Explore the exciting world of television in our TV Gallery.

The Business of Television

Uncover the business behind the small screen and discover how television is funded, who decides what we watch and how the industry has changed over the years. Learn about the art of advertising, the significance of scheduling and the 'three Rs': research, regulations and ratings. Try out our special interactive to see how many viewers your channel would get.

The Power of Television

Discover how TV can shape our attitudes, knowledge and lifestyles. Learn about how it's used to influence public opinion and highlight important issues. Step into our viewing booth to watch iconic moments from the history of television—how many do you remember?

Learning in the TV Gallery

Television is one of the most important inventions of the last century. With a visit to our TV Gallery, your students can explore its history and impact. 

From how a TV works to the importance of viewer ratings, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the cultural and business factors that influence what we watch and how we watch it. Your students can also trace the history of television through a selection of classic TV moments and exhibits that include some iconic characters.