In early January, the Yorkshire Centre joined forces with Leeds University and The Yorkshire Society to commemorate the Royal Television Society’s inaugural meeting.
On 7 September 1927, John Logie Baird demonstrated his “noctovision” to a room full of enthusiasts at Leeds University. Baird referred to the technology as “seeing by electricity”.
At the close of the meeting, the formation of the society was proposed. Then known as the British Association, many of the founder members were from Leeds and Yorkshire.
The plaque is located at the university, on the wall of the School of Media and Communication in the Clothworkers’ Building North. It was donated by the Yorkshire Society, which celebrates Yorkshire men and women who have given exceptional service or contributed significantly to the county during their lifetime.
RTS Yorkshire has a long-standing relationship with both the Yorkshire Society and Leeds University. Following the unveiling, attendees were treated to a tour of the university’s media production facilities.
There were also warm words from Leeds University Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands; RTS Yorkshire Chair Fiona Thompson; RTS Honorary Treasurer (and former Yorkshire Centre Chair) David Lowen; Yorkshire Society Chairman Keith Madeley and Leeds Beckett University Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Slee.
David Lowen said: “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.”