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Decca: The supreme record company goes to war

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Richmond

TW9 4DU

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THIS EVENT IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY, WITH THEIR GUESTS, AND FOR STAFF OF TNA AND DECCA

This year is the 90th anniversary of the Decca Record Company. To mark the occasion the book 'The Story of Decca Records 1929-2019' has recently been published. Join the Friends' chairman, Dr Tony Wakeford, who researched the history of the Company during World War II for the book. Drawing on material held at The National Archives, and other archival sources, he discusses Decca's contribution to the war effort.

Their contribution was significant, providing innovative technical support for a number of operational aspects including the development of navigation which provided a vital, yet little known, contribution to the success of D-Day in 1944. They also assisted the Y Service with the decoding of German radio transmissions and supplied training records for the Anti-Aircraft Command. Their research and development work for the Admiralty and Coastal Command enabled the improvement in recorded sound as part of the anti-submarine war effort. This was to lead to full frequency range recordings (ffrr) and the basis for the Company's post war commercial and technical successes.

The talk will be intersperced with Decca recordings of the era, showcasing the variety of recorded output during the 1940s. There will also be a display of Decca memorabilia from the period.

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There is no minimum age limit but members must have their membership card and staff should be in possession of passes to verify their eligibility to attend.

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Any queries can be directed to chairman@ftna.org.uk

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No, a list of attendees will be used to verify those who have booked.

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Richmond

TW9 4DU

United Kingdom

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