BBC to digitise and make available its Shakespeare archive

We’ll find the gems in our archive: our extensive television and radio collection of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, programmes about Shakespeare, as well as scripts, stills and production notes."Tony Hall, BBC Director-General
Date: 08.10.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.54
BBC Director General, Tony Hall, today announced ambitious plans for the corporation to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 by fully digitising the BBC’s Shakespeare archive, making it available for free to those in education and learning in the UK.

Tony Hall said: “I want to really celebrate Shakespeare in 2016. We’ll find the gems in our archive: our extensive television and radio collection of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, programmes about Shakespeare, as well as scripts, stills and production notes. We will aim to make these available to schools across the country. Where rights allow or through BBC Store, we will make them available more widely still."

Further information on the full extent of the archive and its roll-out will be released in due course.

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