Art and Design Research Centre
Analogue Kingdom is a poetic portrait of Gerald Wells, a man with 'an obsession' with wireless and electricity.
The work is a poetic portrait of Gerald Wells, founder and curator of the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum. Wells stole his first radio, a Belmont, in 1943 at the age of thirteen. He was immediately sent to an ‘approved’ school, whose psychiatrist diagnosed ‘an obsession’ with wireless and electricity – an obsession that continues today. The house Wells was born in and still inhabits is now home to over 1,500 wireless objects and 45,000 valves - the UK’s largest such collection.
The film reveals the charm of Wells’ world, where radio relics and their attendant stories fill every nook and cranny of his Kingdom. With the digital switchover complete freeing up the radio spectrum for a new generation of wireless internet, Wells analogue collection is a reminder of the magic that may soon be lost.
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