An eye-witness account of the Exhibition at Bingley Hall,
Birmingham by John Morgan
This famous show, the largest of its kind in the world, receives the support of the home and colonial Governments. It was last held in Birmingham in 1932.
A Microphone Tour of the Birmingham Proof House described by M. F. K. Fraser.
The classes of arms dealt with by the Proof House include sporting guns of all types-punt guns, military rifles, machine-gun parts, revolvers, and cattle killers. Sporting-gun barrels are submitted to a firing test in specially designed chambers, the largest of which is designed to fire 110 barrels at once. The Proof House was established by Act of Parliament in 1813. Up to 1861 all guns made in Birmingham were the product of hand labour and the industry was divided into many small trades.
The commentator for this broadcast, M. F. K. Fraser, is the chief reporter of the Birmingham Mail.
On July 14, 1937, in the Midland programme, a detective play was broadcast, entitled Chance is No Artist, which was stated to have been adapted from 'The Avenging Chance ', a short story by Anthony Berkeley. This adaptation had not been authorised by Mr. Berkeley and the BBC regrets that it was broadcast without his consent.
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