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BBC History launches anniversary collections

Celebrating the broadcaster's centenary

BBC History has launched three new online collections to celebrate the broadcaster’s centenary.

The BBC 100 website features an interactive timeline, as well as key objects and contributors from the last century.

The new collections are as follows:

  • 100 Objects – technology, props and artworks, such as the classic BBC microphone, Mr Darcy’s shirt from Pride & Prejudice and Roy Plomley’s proposal letter for Desert Island Discs (curated in partnership with selected museums, including the Science Museum Group)
  • 100 Faces – 100 iconic photos from the BBC archive, featuring correspondents in the field, actors on set and monarchs speaking to the nation (devised with the Radio Times)
  • 100 Voices – oral history collection covering stories of the BBC staff and culture, including News and Elections, Pioneering Women and Planning the Future (curated alongside the University of Sussex, under Professor David Hendy)

BBC head of history Robert Seatter said: “The BBC has an amazing history which belongs to us all. As we mark 100 years of our BBC, these new digital resources, partner exhibitions, research and publications give a unique insight into the history of  the Corporation and provide something to intrigue audiences of all ages.”

Science Museum Group director and chief executive Sir Ian Blatchford added: “We are delighted to be part of 2022’s BBC 100 celebrations and to be telling the story of a century of broadcasting, as well as looking at the exciting possibilities of broadcast technologies in the future through our Broadcast 100 programme across the Science Museum Group and specifically in our Switched On exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.”