BBC BLOGS - The Editors
« Previous | Main | Next »

Box update

Jeremy Hillman Jeremy Hillman | 09:45 UK time, Wednesday, 17 September 2008

A quick update from me on the overwhelming response we've had to the BBC Box project we launched last week.

The BoxFor those who've missed it this is our year long project tracking a BBC branded shipping container around the world to see how international trade is shaping our global economy in these uncertain times.

We've had a lot of interest in the technical details of how we're tracking the container and doing the mapping. Hopefully most of those are answered on our Have Your Say site.

There's also been a huge amount of interest from schools and teachers and we're now working with the BBC School Report project to see what we can do there. And one Box fan, David Hathaway from Cambridge, has sent us a fantastic template so online readers can cut out and build their very own BBC container. You can download that from the site. Please keep your ideas and feedback coming.


  • Comment number 1.


  • Comment number 2.

    Thanks for the update on the BOX and its journey!

  • Comment number 3.

    I'm just checking to see if "blog" works.

  • Comment number 4.

    To be honest, i'm not the BBC's biggest fan but this is a really interesting idea. The humble container has changed the face of world trade and i for one would be intrigued to see the scope of its travels.

    Another idea albeit not on this scale. We've all seen nature documentaries on the daily lives of lions, cheetahs and monkies etc. How about an hour long one off show on the domestic cat? I would certainly watch a show that gives some sort of insight into what makes Tiddles tick. What DO they get up to when they go off on their wanders? How do they sort out territorial disputes? Dominance? Hunting?

    Not as glamorous as a lion perhaps. But more relevant nonetheless.

  • Comment number 5.

    Here's an idea... perhaps we can send our own images of the BBC Box as it travels the globe. I'm sure that, given the BBC's fans in the UK and around the World, there would be a number of people who would eagerly try and see if they could see the Box if it's near their town. Perhaps people could post their pictures of the box. Kids around the world could send in drawings.

    Who knows? Perhaps there could even be Box tribute videos...

  • Comment number 6.

    I worked in international shipping and am blogging on the subject at

    I cannot find any ships in the NYK schedule which go from Southampton to China.
    I am guessing it will be transhipped somewhere on the North American East Coast.
    Without giving out too much information, is this correct?

  • Comment number 7.

    Some of my students have now made their own box from the BBC kit. They are now looking on research on the container. Another great web site to look at

  • Comment number 8.

    I have become completely obsessed with the whereabouts of the box. But it's been in Southampton for days now - - it's driving me MAD.

    I only live up the road so I might go down there and tell them to get a move on. Those people in china must be wondering where their whiskey has got to.

    any chance you can let us know in advance when the ship will leave so we could watch it go out??

  • Comment number 9.

    Some of the poorest journalism to emerge out of the BBC in years.

    And that's saying something.

  • Comment number 10.

    This is an interesting concept, and I will be following it closely, as well as attempting to get photos should it make its way to Sydney.

    I know there is now the printable version of the container, but is it also possible to get the artwork for modellers to be able to print decals? It would be great I think to have the ability to apply "thebox" decals to a plastic model container.

    Kind Regards,

  • Comment number 11.

    I saw a similar project in Hong Kong called the Art Container
    It launched at May 2008...


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.