BBC Written Archives Centre

The BBC Written Archives Centre looks after the working papers of the BBC. Our documents have been selected for permanent preservation because of their value as evidence or as a source for historical or other research. The archive provides a rich resource for the history of broadcasting and the BBC, as well as twentieth century social and political history, biography, music and the arts.

You can visit the BBC Written Archives Centre for research if you are an accredited student or staff member at a higher education institution, a writer commissioned for a publication or are working towards a commercial project. Visits are by appointment only, between 9.45am-5.00pm, Wednesday-Friday.

Enquiries from the written press or broadcast media journalists should be directed to the BBC Media Centre in the first instance.

To get started click the links below to find out more about what we hold and how to use the archive. If you meet our criteria for visiting please send us an email to give some background on your research and the type of material you wish to view. 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.


Archive holdings include:

  • Letters and memos from leading contributors 
  • Production Files
  • Scripts, Contracts and Programme Logs
  • Departmental, policy and staff files
  • Technical documents
  • BBC's External Services and BBC Monitoring
  • Complete runs of BBC publications

Contact Us

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