Valveman is the story of one man's lifetime of obsession.
Gerald Wells is Valveman.
His life's work has been to amass one of the world's largest collection of valves, vintage radio and other early apparatus from the pioneering days of wireless communication. These are all kept in his house in London.
This documentary film innovatively blends, using a variety of motion design and filmed reenactments, the last hundred years since radio began through to the early days of television.
The thread for this exploration is the human and personal story of Gerry's lilfe. We meet a man who it seems to have been destined to have one obsession from early childhood to later life.
In a sense Gerry Wells helps us to understand something of an analogue media world now long gone. One that, with the digital age in full flight, but is in fact only a generation from inception to decay.
Running time approx 45 minutes, PAL, region 0 (multi-region).
Available by post from the British Vintage Wireless Society, with all proceeds going to the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum.
Price £11.50 (including p&p), £12.50 in EEC, Rest of world £13.00. Payments (payable to the "British Vintage Wireless Society") may be sent to Mike Barker, BVWS Chairman, Pound Cottage, Coate, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 3LG, England
Available in person for £9.99 from The British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum, West Dulwich, London, and at all BVWS meetings.
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