Bush Radio TR82C

Contributed by Plymouth City Museum

The Bush TR82 transistor radio made at Ernesettle, Plymouth, now famous worldwide. © Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

The TR82 series of Bush radios have become a design classic. The design was by Ogle Design, founded by David Ogle, 1954.The Bush company is thought to have taken its name from Shepherd's Bush in London, where the company was based in the 1930s. Having outgrown their London premises, in June 1949 the company opened a new factory at Ernesettle, Plymouth. The company produced televisions and other electrical goods as well as radios and went through several incarnations with company mergers and take-overs, including Rank, Murphy and ultimately Toshiba. The TR82 transistor radio was first manufactured in 1959 and proved to be immensely popular. The fact that it was portable made it particularly attractive to teenagers. The design was created by Ogle Design, a company based in Hertfordshire and has subsequently become a classic. Modern reproductions have been available for several years and continue to be popular. This radio was donated to the museum collections by Brian Ahern, who for many years worked as a warden at the museum.

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