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BBC WRITTEN ARCHIVES CENTRE

Description
The BBC Written Archives Centre holds the BBC’s permanent written records from 1922 to c1980. These form an important source not only for programmes but also for research into broadcasting history, biography, social and political concerns, music, drama and education. They include the BBC’s correspondence with prominent organisations and individuals - politicians, writers, musicians, entertainers and sportsmen, as well as files on radio and television programmes, policy and all other aspects of the Corporation’s work. Holdings include BBC publications, radio and television scripts, news bulletins, daily programme-as-broadcast logs of output and indexes for national programmes. Topics include moral standards, popular taste. broadcasting overseas, social issues, wartime propaganda, etc, including information on BBC overseas services, regions, audiences and press reaction, facts, dates, signature tunes and firsts.
Website
https://www.bbc.co.uk/informationandarchives/access_archives/bbc_written_archives_centre
Keywords
Broadcasting, World War II; Morals; Popular taste; Propaganda; Radio equipment; Television equipment
Access
Wed-Fri 0945-1700 by appointment only
Access for outsiders
Yes - with some restrictions.
Charges
For commercial use.
Copyright
BBC holds copyright in material written by BBC staff - other copyrights respected.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
Archival set of all BBC publications; small reference collection of books relating to broadcasting.
Equipment
Small collection of television and radio equipment.
Ephemera
BBC and broadcasting related souvenirs, tickets, publicity material.
Journals
Complete sets of Radio Times (including regional editions); The Listener; BBC Summary of World Broadcasts.
Manuscripts
4.7 miles.
Music
Correspondence files covering all types of broadcast music, commisssioned works, BBC orchestras and choirs, the Promenade Concerts, etc.
Newspapers
Broadcasting press cuttings 1922-c1965.
Posters
BBC publicity posters for radio, television and symphony/Promenade Concerts.
Theses
Holds a few deposited theses based on research conducted at the Written Archives Centre.

Main Contact

Name
Enquiry team
Telephone
+44 (0)208 008 5661
Email
heritage@bbc.co.uk
Address
Peppard Road
Caversham Park
Reading
RG4 8TZ

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