The BBC Heritage Collection

The BBC Heritage Collection

An interview with Rory O'Connell from the BBC's Heritage collection

Rory O'Connell, who looks after the BBC's Heritage Collection, talks about working with Tardises and Alistair Cooke's typewriter.


Where do the items come from?

The collection is part of the BBC's archives and is a mixture of props, costumes and historic art, day-to-day artefacts from the life of the BBC and lots of historic technology. The collection is really down to the efforts of staff who had an eye on history and the future, who set things aside and saved things for posterity. Because of the way the collection's been assembled, it's quite quirky. There was never a coherent policy for saving things until five years ago, when the BBC decided it was about time that it cared for its history properly, alongside the other archives.

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