Kaleidoscope wish to acknowledge the invaluable
contribution made over many years by
who is sadly no longer with us
And here's what some of us look like...
Left to Right:
Chris Perry, Simon Coward, Iain Badger, Kathryn Shuttleworth, Paul Clark, Dave Rogers
(event joint Master of Ceremonies), Debbie Clarkson, Mark Shuttleworth, Adrian Petford,
Victoria Perry, Jill Perry (event catering manager), Sue Coombes (Secretary of RNLI
Stourbridge Branch), Richard Down, Chris Fonteyn (Chairman of RNLI Stourbridge Branch).
Kaleidoscope is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation devoted to the appreciation of classic and vintage British television. Since our group was formed in 1988, we have staged many varied television festivals and retrospectives in the West Midlands area of the UK. We have produced TV events for academic institutions, and offer consultancy and research services to some British television companies and other bodies. As well as our highly-acclaimed events, we produce our own range of merchandise, which includes a definitive series of reference books, magazines and video interviews with industry luminaries.
Kaleidoscope is run by a committee of organisers who give their time and commitment totally free throughout the year. Proceeds from Kaleidoscope events are donated to our designated charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
We enjoy unequalled support from every major television company in the UK, and some independent producers. In the past, the following companies and organisations have assisted Kaleidoscope:
Due to the terms of our copyright agreements with the above companies, we cannot charge an admission fee. Entrance to Kaleidoscope events is completely free of charge, but we welcome donations to our designated charity, the RNLI.
1996 was an exceptional year for Kaleidoscope. We made our first contribution to the British Film Institute's TV On The South Bank project, a season in March titled Pilot Error. April saw us stage an occasional evening event at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham; Titled From The North - Granada Nights, it featured classic programming from the UK's longest surviving commercial TV company, Granada Television. Our own regular Main Event took place on Saturday 3rd August 1996 at the usual venue, Stourbridge Town Hall in the West Midlands, and proved to be the biggest and best Kaleidoscope event yet. The funds raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on the day swelled our running total to over £700; by the close of the year, this figure had increased still further to a staggering £1,073, surpassing all our previous records.
Together with the release of the final volume in our highly-acclaimed trilogy of TV genre reference guides, The Main Event formed the pinnacle of our busiest year to date, but the story didn't end there. We took our travelling Roadshow to the massive Memorabilia Fairs at the NEC Birmingham on 28th-29th September and London Olympia on 20th October 1996 for a couple of popular and successful appearances to round off the year.
Please feel free to email or write to us if you have any enquiries about our group and its activities.