Date: 27.11.2011Last updated: 25.09.2014 at 10.30

Find out how to make the most of the services available from BBC Archives for Independent Production Houses making BBC commissioned programmes

Opening Hours

Telephone: 0208 00 82288
Lines are open between 09:30 - 19:00 Monday to Friday

Research for TV Archive, Radio Archive, Music and Information Research option 1,1
Music Research on sheet music, option 2 
Photos and research option 4,1 
Pronunciation unit option 3
Research Gateway (for access to our free online research services) option 1,3


  • Birmingham (Mon-Fri) 
  • Salford (Mon-Fri) 
    09:00-18:00 News 09:00-18:00
  • Bristol (Mon-Fri) 

Out of Hours Access

We do not offer an out of hours service unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please note only request for transmission material will be processed within the out of hours period.

Self Research for Independent Production Houses

Customers will need to call the General research team to book a self research session, 0208 00 82288 and follow the options menu.

Rate Card

BBC Archives will require valid charge codes before providing any services. BBC Archives reserves the right to refuse to provide services if this information is not provided.

It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that appropriate charge codes are given at the time of service request. If a customer requires charges to be allocated to a code other than that quoted at the time of service request, it is the responsibility of the customer to make any re-charges or accounting transfers. View the 2014 Rate Card

Acquiring a Charge Code

All information relating to borrowing archive material and setting up a charge code can be found in the Independent Production Companies User guide.

Will BBC Archives clear archive material for re-use?

No. It is the customer’s responsibility to pursue copyright or contractual clearance for re-use of all materials or information supplied by BBC Archives. If you need help with clearances, please contact the BBC Talent and Rights Negotiation Group through your production.

Why am I not permitted to borrow certain material?

In addition to copyright, restrictions may be placed on programmes for editorial, legal and royal reasons. These cover sensitivity, legal issues and for complaints being investigated and upheld against programmes.

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