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The Gramophone and Typewriter Ltd.

In December 1900 William Barry Owen (co-founder of the British Gramophone Company) gained the rights to sell and manufacture the newly developed Lambert Typewriter. The name of the company was then changed to “The Gramophone and Typewriter Ltd.” The Lambert Typewriter was initially taken on as insurance against the possible failure of the Gramophone as […]

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Alan Blumlein and the invention of Stereo

Alan Blumlein was a senior sound engineer at EMI’s Central Research Laboratories (CRL) on the Hayes factory site. He joined the company when Columbia and The Gramophone Company merged in 1931. Over his lifetime he was a prolific inventor, developing huge technological advances within the sound engineering field. After a night at the cinema with […]

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Win Scott’s Music Box double CD

When Captain Robert Falcon Scott embarked upon the Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica and the south Pole in 1910 The Gramophone Company (the original name for EMI) lent the expedition two HMV gramophones and several hundred 78 rpm shellac discs, specifically chosen to boost the team’s morale, many of which are referred to in diaries […]

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The Silver Spade

This silver spade was used to cut the first sod on the site of the Gramophone and Typewriter Company building site. World famous Gramophone company tenor Edward Lloyd was given the honour of breaking the first sod at the Blyth Road site February 9th, 1907. This spade is currently preserved at the EMI Archive Trust. David Hughes, […]

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“Lest we forget”

The EMI Archive Trust honors the enormous sacrifices made by those in times of war. Please support The Royal British Legion’s work through the Poppy Appeal.

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Memories of EMI – Margaret’s story

The Trust would like to thank Margaret Carvalho who has kindly agreed to contribute a memory to our Memories of EMI Campaign (#memoriesofEMI.) She sent in a picture of herself aged 16 and told us about her trip to see the recordings of a Radio Luxembourg show. “When I was 16 I remember travelling to […]

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