Royal Television Society: Celebrating 90 years

Ninety years after the Royal Television Society’s inaugural meeting at the University, the Yorkshire Society has unveiled a plaque to celebrate its anniversary.

Royal Television Society plaque unveiled January 2018

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands; RTS Yorkshire Chair, Fiona Thompson; RTS Honorary Treasurer, David Lowen; Yorkshire Society Chairman, Keith Madeley; Leeds Beckett University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Slee 

The plaque is located on the wall of the School of Media and Communication’s, Clothworkers’ North Building.

The Royal Television Society was founded in September 1927, originally as the Television Society, following a lecture at Leeds from one of the future inventors of television, John Logie Baird.

For years, the Yorkshire Society has erected plaques to commemorate Yorkshire men and women who gave exceptional service or contributed significantly to the county during their lifetime. In many cases, their contributions have benefitted the whole country, making them excellent ambassadors for Yorkshire.

Vice-Chancellor in front of Royal Television Society plaque 2018Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, unveiled the plaque.

Head of the School of Media and Communication, Kate Nash, says: “In hosting the very first lecture by what would become the Royal Television Society in 1927, the University demonstrated its commitment to collaborating with the media industries to develop new media technologies and understand their social impacts.

“For the school, this commemorative plaque serves as an important reminder of our links with the Royal Television Society and of the importance of our commitment to research and teaching at the cutting edge of media developments.” 

David Lowen, Honorary Secretary, Royal Television Society and former Chair of its Yorkshire Centre comments: “It’s an honour to have the chance to unveil the plaque to commemorate the creation of the Television Society, since 1966, the Royal Television Society.

“As one who worked for 30 years in television in Leeds, I am proud that it all started here.

“John Logie Baird demonstrated his ‘noctovision’ - what he called ‘seeing by electricity’ - to the British Association on 7 September 1927 and, at its close, the formation of the Society was proposed. Many of the founder members were from Leeds and Yorkshire.”

Chairman of the Yorkshire Society, Keith Madeley, thanked the producers of the plaque, MTL Advanced Ltd of Rotherham, for their support.

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