Open reel tape

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/11/5
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      2 pieces: tape on 7" plastic reel, with original EMI cardboard storage box; and loose note.

Scope and Content

A series of test recordings made by RD at home. These consist of poetry readings which were to form part of 'The Queen's Garland', a broadcast tribute to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, which was never realised. The readings are as follows: (1) 'On Her Reign' by Shakespeare [from Henry VIII]; (2) 'London's Welcome, spoken by a child richly apparelled near Fenchurch' [from The Coronation Progress (anon.)]; (3) 'The King of Portugal Describes her State' [from The Battle of Alcazar] by George Peele; (4) 'The Satirist is Charmed by the Queen' [from Every Man Out of his Humour] by Ben Jonson; (5) 'Sir Walter Pleads in Person' [from The Book of the Ocean's Love to Cynthia] by Sir Walter Raleigh; (6) 'Oracle from a Device' by Robert Earl of Essex.

Duration: 12 minutes. With typescript note of contents.


Transferred to cassette no. D57. Recordings of these poems can also be found on tape FRD3/11/1/9 which may be a later recording taken from this tape. The original tape box bears address labels which suggest it was loaned to the BBC at some point in order to make recordings.