100 Voices that made the BBC: People, Nation, Empire

In June 1948, the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury and King George VI formally ceased being Emperor of India. It was an opportunity for Britain to reimagine itself as both multi-cultural and post-Imperial. So, how did the UK's national broadcaster respond to this challenge? Seventy years on, we are opening-up the archives to shed new light on this complex, and sometimes highly contentious story.

About 100 Voices that Made the BBC

This ‘100 Voices’ website is one of a series made as part of ‘Connected Histories of the BBC’ – a project led by the University of Sussex, in partnership with the BBC, Mass Observation, the Science Museum Group, and the British Entertainment History Project. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Material is curated and written by David Hendy and Alban Webb from the University of Sussex, with additional material by: Jeannine Baker (Macquarie University, Australia), Aasiya Lodhi (University of Westminster), Jamie Medhurst (Aberystwyth University), James Procter (Newcastle University), and John Escolme (BBC).

The website contains excerpts and programmes from BBC services at various moments in time. The material should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its own era – not those of today. And please note in particular that the website contains language which is now clearly outdated and offensive but which was regarded as acceptable by many people when first used.

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