The BBC's broadcasting history and details of archive collections
Whilst the main focus of BBC Archives work is on maintaining the corporation's archive and providing material for use in BBC programmes, the department is increasingly working with other organisations outside of the BBC.
Long standing relationships exist with the British Film Institute (BFI) and the British Library (BL) who provide access to BBC material for academic research purposes. For TV please contact the BFI and for Radio, contact the BL.
Projects currently underway with external organisations include the following:
• The provision of digital files of preserved BBC Radio Archive material to the British Library.
• Common approaches and strategies for the digitisation of material with The National Archives.
BBC Archives also works with a number of academic organisation and local authorities to deposit BBC material in their own collections, including Manchester Metropolitan University, Bristol City Council and Leicestershire County Records Office.
Whilst most requests to use BBC Archives material are passed to our commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, non-commercial requests are handled by BBC Archives. These requests can sometimes lead to the showing of BBC material at local events like screenings or for use in archive collections and exhibitions.