Information for external enquirers who want to use content in the BBC archives for research, educational or other commercial or non-commercial purposes.
Researching the BBC’s Listings
To find listings information, people, dates or times of a particular programme, BBC Genome is a searchable database of the BBC’s Broadcasts from 1923-2009 and covers TV and Radio.
Researching the BBC Radio Archive
The British Library Sound Archive provides a public point of on-request access to a collection of BBC Sound Archive and BBC Radio International (formerly known as the BBC Transcription Service) recordings. It provides listening facilities but cannot supply copies of BBC material.
Some of the BBC SFX collection is now available for personal, educational or research purposes and can be accessed here: BBC SFX. Alternatively, if you are looking for commercial use you can access and licence the whole collection through a third party here license sound effects.
The BBC Photo Library provides a commercial, fee paying service which licenses BBC copyright images for editorial use in digital and print media. This service is not available to members of the public who want to access images for private use.
You may browse a selection of BBC Archives' images on our Flickr account. These images are BBC Copyright and should therefore not be reproduced.
People who have made a substantial contribution to a BBC programme, either as a featured or named contributor, may be able to purchase a copy for personal use.