Written Archives Centre – Access and Facilities

Our Contact Details

* Email: Heritage@bbc.co.uk

* Phone: +44(0)20 8008 5661

* Address: BBC Written Archives Centre, Peppard Road, Caversham Park, Reading, RG4 8TZ, UK

Before getting in touch, please read more about accessing the archives below.

Please note that enquiries from the written press or broadcast media journalists should be directed to the BBC Media Centre in the first instance. Any press enquiries received by our office will be forwarded onto the BBC Media Centre, who will respond on behalf of the BBC.

Accessing the Archives

Visits to the BBC Written Archives Centre are by prior appointment only, between 10am and 5pm, Wednesday to Friday. You can visit the BBC Written Archives Centre for research if you are:

* An academic in higher education undertaking accredited research.

* A writer commissioned to write a book or article.

* Undertaking research for a commercial project.

If you meet our criteria for visiting please email us at heritage@bbc.co.uk to give some background on your research and the type of material you wish to view. For more information on our holdings and how to access our online catalogue descriptions, please see our Research and Services page. We will look into your enquiry and let you know if we can arrange a visit. If we are unable to offer you a visit we will do our best to answer quick queries relating to the history of the BBC.

Please contact us to ensure that you have a confirmed appointment before committing to any travel plans.

Using the Reading Room

Our archives are unique original documents and in many cases they are fragile and could be easily damaged. In common with many Archives, we have some procedures in place to help protect our material. These involve leaving everything except essential items for making notes & conducting research outside the Reading Room. The Reading Room is a quiet area, so we ask our visitors to keep any noise to a minimum and turn any devices to silent mode.

More details on our Reading Room service can be found in our Information for Visiting Researchers guide. Please download our guide for full visitor details once your appointment has been confirmed.

There are limited spaces available in our Reading Room, and appointments are in high demand. Should you need to cancel or postpone your visit for any reason please let us know as soon as possible, even if this is the day of your visit, as we may be able to offer your Reading Room seat to someone on our waiting list.

Facilities

There are free lockers available in the Waiting Room for all personal items that cannot be taken into the Reading Room.

There is internet access available via the BBC’s guest Wi-Fi network. Instructions on how to connect your device are available in the Reading Room.

There are no public catering facilities available at the Written Archives Centre. There are a range of supermarkets, pubs and a café within 5 minutes’ walk. You are welcome to use the Waiting Room to consume any food or drinks you bring with you.

The Reading Room is accessible to wheelchair users. If you have any access needs please let us know about them when arranging your appointment so we can ensure the right support is available.

Board of Management Meeting Minute, 1st December 1969 (R2/22/5)