Find out what, where and how to make the most of BBC Archives' services available for Independent Production Houses making BBC commissioned programmes
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) 09:30-18:30
Salford (Mon-Fri) 09:00-18:00 News 09:00-18:00
Bristol (Mon-Fri) 09:30-17:30
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.
BBC Archives will require valid charge codes before providing any services. BBC Archives reserve 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. The 2014 Rate Card can be viewed here.
BBC Archives - charging by credit card for mediated services (from April 7th, 2015)
What is changing? BBC Archives’ mediated services will be directly charged for via credit card rather than the quarterly self-billing method.
Starting on April 7th, 2015, payment for BBC Archive’s chargeable services to TV Indies will be by credit card only and made at the point of transaction. Q codes will still be required for tracking purposes but companies will no longer need to self-bill.
There is no change to any relationship your company has with BBC Motion Gallery.
Why are we doing this? This payment method has already been rolled out to Radio Indies, so brings TV into line with this and more widely, with how other chargeable services are processed around the BBC.
It ensures a more transparent audit trail of what services have been purchased when and by whom. It removes the time-consuming detailed manual processing necessary to fulfil the self-billing method of payment.
What this means for your company: When contacting BBC Archives for mediated research or other chargeable services, TV Indies will need to quote a credit card number along with the usual company details provided. It will not be possible to process any chargeable services without a credit card number. Variable charges will only be actioned when a cost has been agreed. For example, mediated research is charged at £17.60 per 15 minute unit. A charge will be levied once it’s known and agreed how many units are to be incurred. See more information about services to Independent Production and further charging
Please note, American Express is not accepted
What happens next? There is no change in terms of contacting BBC Archives or which services invoke a charge (or what those charges are). However, from 7th April 2015 credit card details will be required to continue with any transaction.
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.