About the object

Slough Museum hold several radios in our collection and a selection of these were used as inspiration for 202020 Slough. These acquisitions are in part due to the number of Slough manufacturers of radios on Slough Trading Estate over the years. This includes Radio & Allied Industries Ltd. a British electronics company formed in 1956 from the merger of the Sobell Group and McMichael Radio Ltd. McMichael Radio Ltd. was founded in 1920 by Leslie McMichael. In 1922, the company opened a new factory in Slough. McMichael in Slough produced a wide variety of radio equipment for the war effort including military electronics. After the wars the company manufactured thousands of sonobuoys for use by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

About the artwork

Did you work in Slough in the 60s and 70s? Did you migrate to Slough from another part of the UK or from another country?

Slough writer Mike Pearcy used radios as a starting point for ‘Made in Slough’ – a podcast of memories of working in Slough in the 60s and 70s.

He used the radios and other objects and photographs for reminiscence sessions, connecting with over thirty to share stories of what it was like to work in Slough in the post war period, specifically the 1960s and the 1970s.

He then worked with other members of Slough Writers and drama group ‘Winging It’ and voiceover artist and radio presenter Jonathan Pagden as narrator to create a series of podcasts.

You can listen to the ‘Made in Slough’ podcasts here: