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Archive Unit - FAQs

How many programmes are in the Archive?

The Archive holds over 8,000 BBC radio programmes and a collection of around 500 cans of archive footage which date from 1959 onwards. We also hold the photographic collection from the BBC Press Office of over 10,000 images.

Who can use the Archive?

It is available to BBC programme makers, and bona fide researchers and students. Unfortunately we cannot provide copies of programmes, but we do provide listening facilities at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Visits to the Archive can be arranged by appointment. Please contact staff on 028 90428 428 Ext: 285.

How do I find a programme about a particular subject or person for my research?

All of the programmes held in the Archive are catalogued onto a database. If you have a particular area of research, contact the archive by email or telephone, and we can let you know if any relevant material exists. Arrangements can then be made to use the listening facilities here at the Archive. Staff can be contacted by telephone on 028 90428 428 Ext: 285.

Can I obtain copies of Archive programmes?

Unfortunately because of copyright restrictions, we cannot provide copies of programmes. We do, however, provide facilities for those wishing to listen to a programme. Please contact staff at the archive to arrange an appointment. They can be contacted on 028 90 428428 Ext: 285.

Do you have any recordings of The McCooeys?

The McCooeys was a BBC radio drama broadcast during the 1950s. Although the series ran for seven years, programmes were generally not recorded at that time. As a result, only 2 episodes of The McCooeys survive. These are now held in the Archive.

Will I be charged for using the Archive?

The listening facilities at the Archive are free to users. Charges may be incurred for commercial research and overseas users. Staff at the Archive can advise on the relevant prices.

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