• Play for Today at 50

    Katie Crosson, guest curator at the BFI and PhD researcher at The Centre for the History of Television Culture and Production, Royal Holloway College, looks back at half a century of one of television’s most influential single-play strands.

  • Black History Month 2020

    Across The Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and the UK, a celebration of black history takes place this month. BBC History explores how the BBC took on the challenge of becoming a multi-cultural and post-Imperial broadcaster.

  • Anniversaries

    Terry Scott and June Whitfield appeared as Terry and June Medford on 24 October 1979, in the first episode of Terry and June. They had previously appeared together as Terry and June Penfold in Happy Ever After but, when co-creator John Chapman ended the series, the BBC moved the characters to Purley, gave them a new surname, and renamed the sitcom Terry and June.

  • BBC - The Dancing Years

    Today’s ever-popular Strictly traces its origins to one special night in September 1950. BBC History looks back at the greatest moments of TV dancing history.

  • BBC Broadcasting Moments

    One of the world’s earliest transmitters has been preserved by the Science Museum, and is now on display in London. National Science and Media Museum Curator Elinor Groom takes a closer look at this piece of kit from the 1920s.

  • BBC History - Partnering

    Using the hook of some of our recent anniversaries, here are new and original poems, news reports and comedy shorts created by the writers, reporters and dramatists of the future, in partnership with BBC History.

  • BBC Heritage Trail

    Find out more about the buildings and the interesting roles they’ve played in the BBC’s history. Our interactive map will help you plan your journey around the BBC Heritage Trail blue plaque scheme.

  • BBC Buildings Collection: Building of the Week

    For over thirty years the Ealing film studios were the home of filmed productions at the BBC. The BBC acquired the site in 1955

  • BBC Art Collection: Sculpture of the Week

    This bronze bust of Sir Henry Wood (1869-1944) used to be on permanent display at BBC Henry Wood House. It is now on show in Broadcasting House reception. The sculptor is unknown.

  • BBC Technology Collection: Item of the Week

    Two matching microphones in sombre wood veneer were provided by the BBC for the outgoing King's broadcast to the nation from Windsor Castle in 1936.

  • BBC Props Collection: Prop of the Week

    Part of the Eastenders set, these signs are dotted around the film lot at BBC Elstree. The once fictional E20 postcode now exists at the Olympic Park, London.

  • History of LGBTQ+ and the BBC

    The UK’s LGBTQ+ community rarely got a mention on air in the early years of the BBC – hostility and prejudice was rife. Today LGBTQ+ lives are featured on BBC programmes like any other community, and to mark UK Pride Month 2020, BBC History traces how the broadcaster has understood its LGBTQ+ audience over the years.

  • History of BAME at the BBC

    In June 1948, Britain began the process of becoming multi-cultural and post-Imperial. How did the BBC respond?

  • History of Children at the BBC

    Since Children's Hour in 1922, children's programmes have always been at the heart of the BBC's public service remit.

  • History of Women at the BBC

    A fresh and surprising story about the changing status of women and their pioneering contribution to broadcasting.​