Kingswood Warren – the 19th century Surrey house that is currently home to the BBC’s world-renowned Research & Development Department (R&D) – will be opening its doors to the public on 10 and 11 September as part of a national weekend of Heritage Open Days.
According to the BBC’s press release: “Visitors will not only be able to look round the impressive reception rooms and the beautiful grounds and croquet lawn, but will also be able to experience some of the technical broadcasting wizardry of the BBC, making the impossible appear to happen before their eyes.
Young visitors can participate in a show of the BBC’s virtual reality Production Magic in the TV studio and (for a small charge*) take away a videotape or DVD recording their exploits.
Demonstrations will range from some of the electronic trickery behind BBC television coverage to the material that made Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.
There will also be exhibitions on the achievements of BBC R&D � including demonstrations of some current projects and on the history of the Kingswood Warren house.”
*A nominal charge of �2 will be made to cover the cost of the videotape, with �1 going to BBC Children in Need.