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.


What challenges do the documents present?

As an archivist, one of the major challenges you face is to explain the documents to the people who are going to be using them because most of these documents were written by people who knew what they were talking about to people who knew what they were receiving and therefore they don't have very much explanation. They just start Dear John, rather than Dear John Major or Dear John Smith and so it means that you have to have much more explanation of jargon, initials, anything else that might occur in the document that isn't immediately clear and it's all about creating context for people to understand what the documents actually mean.

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