The BBC at Bush House

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The engineering telephone exchange in Bush Control Room on October 20th 1964. There were direct lines to all studios and transmitters. The panel above shows the state of every uniselector (for routeing studios to networks or outside sources to studios, etc.).

The call buttons on the two panels between the operators should be white (the white objects you can see are the signal lights): some idiot on a night shift had got bored and coloured some of them black to make a pattern reading 'HELP EMX'. Obviously this went down badly with his superiors, who made him colour the rest in so that at least they were all the same colour.

Click here to see a plan of Control Room from the 1968 edition of the operating manual ('BU1').

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