Did Anglians Dream of Electric Screens?

Working with the people of Norfolk to write a history of Television in Norfolk.

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Were you living in Norfolk during the 1940s, 1950s and the 1960s?

Can you remember the first time you saw television or your earliest memories of when you watched it regularly?

If so then you are exactly the type of person that I’d like to speak to!

As part of my PhD research I’m looking to undertake a series of oral history interviews to try and better understand when people in Norfolk were first exposed to television and what it was like for them. I’m going to be travelling around Norfolk, speaking to the amazing people of the county and recording their stories and memories of television for this truly unique project. There are no right or wrong answers, I’m just interested in hearing about what people remember about television during this period.

The interviews will be digitally recorded and portions of them may be included in my PhD Thesis in transcribed or audio form or in other publications if consent is given. Should you wish to remain anonymous then I will ensure that personal details are removed from any material that may be used. Please be assured that any personal data collected will be retained in an encrypted format and only for as long as necessary.

The project has been approved by the General Research Ethics Committee (GREC) at the University of East Anglia.

If you would be interested in taking part in this project then please don’t hesitate to contact me (samuel.cross@uea.ac.uk) or if you’d like to know more about what is involved then download an Information Sheet (PDF).


  1. Not sure if I have time to be interviewed but maybe! You could try an OAP home… Where residents are still mentally alert!… Try The Manor House, Skeyton Road, N Walsham. Very nice home, lovely manager Emma Cooper and several residents who are compus mentis! Good luck .

    • Hi Linda,

      I’m really glad to see you’ve made it to the website, and thanks for the tip about approaching OAP/Care homes – it’s a great idea!

      It would be great to interview you if you do have time, I’d fit around your schedule and not take up to much of your time. Let me know if you would like to do it and I’ll get things organised!

      All the best


  2. I am 70 years old so I remember well, the start of the first t\v days, so I can go back some 60 years, to the days when you could only get some sort of a picture on a foggy night, you could even get an outline of a picture from France or Germany, I think it was from there, I only no I could not understand what they were saying, I all so remember a bookie called Duggy Toft who was on dock tavern lane Gorleston, was 1 of the first to have t\v for live races, but I do not think it was a great success , due to the fact as it was down to weather conditions if you got a picture, my family was classes a very rich due to the fact we was one of the first to have a telephone, and a t\v, and I lived in a 5 bed large house taking in visitors from all over the country, I often wonder what will tv be like another 60 years down the line.

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