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MoC Exhibition

Susan Allman (right), assisted by Dorothy Brankin of the MoC, declares the 2017 exhibition open!

The exhibition will run until 30 September, Wednesdays and Saturdays 11 am - 4 pm. Admission FREE. 

We'd welcome new exhibition guides! If you'd like to give it a try, contact us via this link. Training given - It's very rewarding and good fun!

Whilst working on this year's exhibition, we thought that it would be interesting to look back to fifty years ago and find out just how much everyday life in Great Britain had changed, after two cataclysmic World Wars (and many other lesser wars and conflicts), in the intervening period.

This year marks some notable anniversaries, especially the 50th anniversary of the introduction of colour TV and the start of Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4. The picture below shows the stairwell at 131 - We think you'll agree, it'll be an exciting introduction to the Exhibition.

Alongside all this advanced technology from the 1960s, our Exhibition continues to 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' and track the devastating carnage of WW1 in 1917... including the US entry to the War.

The 1960s display in the stairwell at 131.


Forthcoming Goudie Lectures

Wednesday 27 September at 7.30 pm

From Holyrood to Hollywood ...
A technical career in Motion Pictures with Kodak
Presented by Alan J Masson Ph.D.

As established in recent years, we dedicate one of our regular Lectures to our friends and supporters in the Lothians Radio Society. Later this month we will be delighted to welcome - or perhaps introduce you to - Dr Alan Masson, who will describe his very interesting career.

After training as a chemist in Edinburgh, Alan joined the Kodak Research Laboratories in Harrow in 1969, working on the processing of Eastmancolor motion picture film stocks, including their sound-tracks, where his amateur radio hobby provided a useful background.

He then joined the Motion Picture Division, running training courses and providing technical support in the UK, Europe and Nigeria. He transferred to Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester NY in the USA in 1989, and became Director of Engineering in Hollywood CA in 1995, working with the studios, laboratories, sound houses, post-production facilities and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

The Lecture will start at 7.30 pm prompt, end with a short Q+A session and light refreshments.

Admission is £4.00 for MoC members and £5.00 for non-memebers.

Please e-mail or phone 01506 823424 to indicate whether or not you wish to attend.

Tuesday 17 October at 7.30 pm
The Third Reich's Celluloid War - Ian Garden

Details to be confirmed.

Dorothy Brankin congratulates Roy Johnstone on his very informative and moving talk on the Battle of the Somme at July's Goudie Lecture.


More than 40 people crowded into the Museum of Communication in Burntisland to hear broadcast technology expert, Susan Allman trace the evolution of broadcasting in Scotland from 1967- 2017.

In her time with BBC Scotland (since 1987), Susan has amassed a wealth of knowledge working at the forefront of technological advances in both television and radio and has played a key role in the digital revolution.

Audiences now have an infinite amount of choice for their viewing and listening time in contrast to the handful of BBC services available in 1967. In the last 20 years alone, the BBC has introduced two dedicated children’s channels BBC 3, BBC 4 and BBC ALBA, with BBC iPlayer and online content now as integral to its portfolio as its television and radio services.

Susan also demonstrated a selection of video cameras which are used both out in the field and in studios.

Following her talk, Susan officially opened the Museum's new exhibition, entitled "Remember When??... Looking back 50 and 100 years!" 


Dr Brian Flynn from the University of Edinburgh, thanks Susan on her fascinating lecture