1930 in Kelvin Hall – Demonstration of John Logie Baird’s television

Baird televisor

Diagram of the component parts of Baird’s Televisor, from the Library’s collections

On the day before the opening of the National Library of Scotland in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, here is an account of another exciting visual development which was hosted in Kelvin Hall.

The Edinburgh Evening News of Thursday 30 January 1930, p. 8 has the following piece:



Modern science in its latest development is on view in the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, where yesterday Lady Inverclyde (June) opened an exhibition that will continue for the next ten days.

Greatest interest was shown in the television demonstration on the televisor invented by Mr J. L. Baird, the Helensburgh scientist. This is the first time the invention has been in view in Scotland since it left the experimental stages as represented by the primitive apparatus shown at the British Association meeting in Glasgow two years ago. The installation is under the supervision of Lord Angus Kennedy, of the Baird Television Development Company, and Mr Baird himself will be in attendance at the hall to-morrow.

Lord Inverclyde, who accompanied his wife, stood in front of the screen, while June sat down before the transmitting set in the sound-proof concert chamber. Her clear well-cut features, which were set off by a black close-fitting hat, came out sharply on the television screen, and Captain N. Turner, one of the demonstrators, said: “I have never seen a better face for television purposes.”


“June” mentioned above, was June Howard-Tripp, who had been a star of silent films.  She gave up her career following her marriage to Lord Inverclyde, though they later divorced.