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.

Accessing the Archives

Visits to the BBC Written Archives Centre are by prior appointment only, between 9.45am-5.00pm, Wednesday-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. 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 download our Information for Visiting Researchers for full visitor details once your appointment has been confirmed.

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

Using the Reading Room

We have seven seats available in our Reading Room so space is limited. 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.

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. If you need to discuss your research with a colleague or take a phone call then please use the Waiting Room.

You are welcome to request more files or additional resource material when you visit, but please be aware that it may not always be possible to provide these on the same day.

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. There are free lockers available in the Waiting Room for all other personal items. Please download our Information for Visiting Researchers for more detailed information about using the Reading Room.


There are free lockers available in the Waiting Room for all personal items that cannot be taken into the Reading Room. You will be given a locker key on arrival.

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)