A project of this size and complexity required a large team. It consisted of: Professor David Hendy (Principal Investigator); Professor Margaretta Jolly, the Director of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, University of Sussex; Professor Tim Hitchcock, Dr Alban Webb, Dr Ben Jackson, Sussex Humanities Lab, Dr Anna-Maria Sichani, AHRC Research Fellow, and Denice Penrose.

Other members of the team included Dr Fiona Courage, the Associate Director of Special Collections at the University of Sussex Library and the Project interns, John Hughes, Mathilde Davidson and Madubashini Rathnnayake.

Technical assistance was provided by Louise Falcini of the Sussex Humanities Lab; Rob Cooper, Matt Haynes, Chris Newell at BBC Research and Development.

Film crews and editing services for the Sussex Centenary Collection were provided by Catalina Balan, Louisa Streeting, Josh Harris, Lee Gooding, Luke Finn and John Hughes.

Robert Seatter, the Head of BBC History, and John Escolme, the BBC History Manager, worked closely with the project team throughout to collate and transfer the Corporation’s oral history material and provide insights into their collections.

Project Partners

As well as being funded by the AHRC, Connected Histories of the BBC worked with four Project Partners, each of which provided a substantial contribution-in-kind to our research between 2017 and 2021. Project Partners were also represented on the Project Advisory Board, and therefore provided invaluable advice throughout.

The BBC gave us access to – and undertook digitisation of – all analogue recordings and original transcripts from the main Oral History Collection, the BBC History of North Regional Broadcasting Collection, the BBC World Service Moving Houses, the TV Centre 50th Anniversary collection, and parts of the Alexandra Palace Television Society collection. They also provided technical, editorial and website hosting support for 100 Voices that Made the BBC, as well as extensive press and publicity support throughout. BBC Research and Development also provided the set of new voice-to-text transcripts that now accompany most of the interviews. The partnership was managed for the BBC by Robert Seatter in the Director-General’s office.

The Science Museum Group made available interviews from its Horizon at 50 collection, offered curatorial expertise when it came to featuring BBC-related objects held in its own collections, and hosted public events at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and the Science Museum in London. The partnership was managed for SMG by Dr Tim Boon.

The British Entertainment History Project – previously known as the BECTU archive – made available recordings from its extensive collection of oral history interviews with broadcasting practitioners, both for 100 Voices that Made the BBC and this website. Curatorial assistance and advice was supplied by Sue Malden and Mike Dick.

Mass Observation provided extensive curatorial support and advice. It also covered the royalty fees that allowed us to feature a selection of its archive material on several editions of 100 Voices that Made the BBC. The partnership was managed for Mass Observation by Dr Fiona Courage.

Although not a formal Project Partner, the British Library offered additional support. Its former Head of Sound and Vision, Richard Ranft, was a member of the project’s Advisory Board and the British Library hosted a public event in June 2018 linked to the launch of 100 Voices that Made the BBC: People, Nation, Empire.

Project Governance

The Connected Histories of the BBC project follows the guidelines and procedures of the University of Sussex, and is subject to the University’s ethical review processes.

The Project Advisory Board and Digital Users Group provide support and guidance for the project. Their support and input provided over the course of the project has been invaluable, and the project team appreciate their input.

Project Advisory Board (PAB)

The Project Advisory Board (PAB) was convened to offer strategic advice in support of continuing progress.

Membership of Project Advisory Board:

Prof David Hendy (chair), (University of Sussex)
Dr Alban Webb (University of Sussex)
Dr Anna-Maria Sichani (University of Sussex)
Dr Ben Jackson (University of Sussex)
Bill Thompson (BBC)
ProfCaroline Bassett (University of Cambridge)
Denice Penrose (Project Administrator, University of Sussex)
Dr Emma Sandon (Birkbeck)
Dr Fiona Courage (Special Collections & Mass Observation, Library, Sussex)
Prof Helen Wood (University of Lancaster)
Prof Hugh Chignell (Bournemouth University)
Dr Jamie Medhurst (Aberystwyth University)Prof Jean Seaton (Westminster University)
Prof John Ellis (Royal Holloway)
John Escolme (BBC)
John Hughes (University of Sussex)

John Wyver (Westminster University)
Dr Kate Murphy (Bournemouth University)
Prof Lucy Robinson (History, University of Sussex)
Prof Margaretta Jolly (University of Sussex)
Prof Matt Houlbrook (Birmingham University)
Mike Dick (BECTU/BEHP)
Peter Collier (ITS, University of Sussex)
Prof Peter Mandler (Cambridge University)
Robert Seatter (BBC)
Rob Cooper (BBC R&D)
Prof Simon Potter (Bristol University)
Sue Malden (BEHP)
Dr Tim Boon (Science Museum Group)
Prof Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex)
Dr Vicky Ball (De Montfort University) University of Lancaster
Dr Siân Nicholas (Aberystwyth University)

Digital Users Group (DUG)

The Digital User Group provided advice on technology, and offers specialist technological advice to support the project.

The Digital User Group (DUG) Consisted of

Prof Tim Hitchcock (chair), (University of Sussex)
Prof David Hendy, (University of Sussex)
Adam Harwood (University of Sussex)
Dr Alban Webb, (University of Sussex)
Dr Anna-Maria Sichani (University of Sussex)
Dr Ben Jackson (University of Sussex)
Bill Thompson (BBC)
Denice Penrose (University of Sussex)

Eirini Goudarouli (National Archives)
George Wright (BBC)
John Stack (NSMM)
Mahendra Mahey (British Library)
Mike Dick (BEHP)
Peter Collier (University of Sussex)
Rob Cooper (BBC R&D)
Sharon Webb (University of Sussex)

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