The BBC Written Archives

The BBC Written Archives

An interview with Jacquie Kavanagh, BBC Written Archivist

Explore the history of broadcasting and uncover the story behind the programmes with this exclusive tour from Jacquie Kavanagh, the BBC's written archivist.


How will the BBC preserve documents in future?

We're very lucky to have all this information and although the papers are fragile they do survive very well. And it's quite ironic, in a way, that we often have more information from the earlier period of the BBC, from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and even the 60s, than you do from later periods, because the telephone kills the conversations on paper. Of course, many documents are now created on a computer and they never have a paper form. The BBC is creating systems for keeping electronic documents as electronic documents and preserving those for the future.

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