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‘THE 270 SET’ is a Special Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the station’s launch in June 1966 and contains memorabilia, photographs and a chance to hear some of the many programmes enjoyed by its listeners,

Come on in and discover some examples  of long forgotten publicity items!

To mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of this unique offshore radio station in September 1965.

This Special Exhibition has additional material and a chance to experience the programming style of Britain’s ‘Sweet Music’ success.

SWEET  SUCCESS special exhibition

special exhibition

This Special Exhibition  marks the 50th anniversary of the station’s launch  in 1965 contains memorabilia, photographs and a chance to hear some of the programmes its listeners enjoyed more than 50 years ago.

   Let’s play Caroline Cash Casino!!

Click to hear the Cash Casino introduction with Bill Hearne

Caroline Cash Casino  was launched in October 1966 and was without doubt the most successful competition broadcast by any offshore radio station .

This Exhibition explores the concept of Caroline Cash Casino and the people responsible for the most successful offshore radio competition ever.

Cash Casino intro.mp3

special exhibition TOP OF THE DIAL

Visit the Home of the Young New Zealanders !

Radio  Hauraki was  the only offshore radio station broadcasting to New Zealand  and the only offshore radio station to achieve what others dreamt of - to  sail in from international waters and be granted a licence to broadcast from land.

This Special Exhibition looks at the beginning of Radio Hauraki as an offshore radio station  and the people behind its launch.

This Special Exhibition to mark the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of the Marine Offences Act in August 1967 charts, amongst other things,  its passage through Parliament, the constitutional crisis it raised with the Isle of Man Government, the supporters groups which were formed to oppose it and amendments which have considerably strengthened the original legislation.


From time to time the Museum mounts a Special Exhibition - often to mark a significant anniversary or to explore a particular aspect of offshore radio history.

These Special Exhibitions often contain additional or previously un-used documents or recordings which are not available in the individual Galleries elsewhere in the Museum.

Please click on any of the posters below to visit the Special Exhibitions.

Caroline Cash Casino Introduction Radio 270 at 50 - About Radio Scotland at 50 - About Radio 390 at 50 Years About The Art of the Sticker Marine Offences Act 50 - Introduction

More publicity nostalgia - this time from offshore stations broadcasting in the 1970’s !!

In the early morning of Sunday 3rd March 1968 both Radio Caroline ships - MV Caroline (Caroline North) and MV Mi Amigo (Caroline South) were seized in international waters in a coordinated operation by the Wijsmuller Tug Company following a dispute about unpaid debts.

This Special Exhibition contains a slideshow of photographs marking 50 years since the ships were silenced and the first phase of Radio Caroline’s history came to an abrupt halt.



Silent Ships

This is a Special Exhibition  to mark 60 years since the pioneering Scandinavian offshore station, Radio Mercur, was launched.

The station’s history is inevitably intertwined with two other stations - Skanes Radio Mercur and DCR  - and this Exhibition takes a look at all three stations in a 60 photograph slideshow.

Mercur 60 Intro

Publicity nostalgia  from offshore stations broadcasting during the 1980s

The Art of the Sticker - 3 Art of the Sticker 3 -1a 80s Radio Hauraki 50 Intro

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Radio North Sea International - RNI . This Special Exhibition looks at the period leading up to the official start in February 1970, including aborted plans to use the former Radio London ship, MV Galaxy and the financial assistance given by Radio Veronica.

RNI at 50 - Introduction

To mark the 40th anniversary of  the most famous rescue assistance in the history of offshore radio – saving the crew of Radio Caroline’s ship, Mi Amigo shortly before she sank off the Essex coast in March 1980 - this Special Exhibition acknowledges  support given by Lifeboat services to all the offshore stations in times of trouble.


Lifeboat Assistance Required !!

Radio Veronica  60 Years Photo Album Veronica 60

The offshore radio stations were dependent on regular visits from tenders to deliver supplies, programme material and  facilitate crew changeovers.  

As time went on, and particularly by the 1980s, many officially organised tender supply runs became less frequent for various reasons.

However, those on board the radio ships often benefited from supplies delivered clandestinely by loyal supporters and in defiance of the law.

This Special Exhibition focuses on one such clandestine supplier  - Peter Norcott - who made regular deliveries to Radio Caroline and Laser off the British coast in the mid to late 1980s.

Clandestine Supplies Introduction Visits to the Ships

Many fans of the offshore stations visited  the radio ships on organised trips and excursions and one of those fans, Peter  Craughwell has kindly shared the photos he took on various visits to the stations off the Dutch coast in the early 1970’s.


Visits to the Ships

Bring back memories of Christmas good times through the pages of the

Offshore Radio Museum Christmas Annual !!

The Annual features

CHRISTMAS ANNUAL Christmas Annual 1