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The BBC: A People’s History

MARCH 3, 2022 The BBC: A People’s History by the Connected Histories of the BBC project’s founding director David Hendy was published on 27 January 2022 by Profile Books Ltd. Based on many of the unique oral histories that the CH-BBC project is

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A teacher responds to the archive materials

NOVEMBER 16, 2020 I wear many hats, and aside from working on the Connected Histories of the BBC project (CHBBC), I am an English teacher. As the project develops, and new archive materials are released, I’m fascinated by the wealth

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The challenge of inheritance

JUNE 5, 2020 We’re delighted to announce that Professor Margaretta Jolly, a co-investigator in the Connected Histories of the BBC project, has just been awarded the 2019 Hogan Prize. The prize is given to an ‘outstanding essay’ submitted to a

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To Be Continued

APRIL 9, 2020 Former BBC Monitoring Service employee’s journals found and adapted into a new web series. “I don’t know what the future may bring, but I think there are fairly good prospects in the BBC. After two years there,

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War from the inside: Oral histories from the BBC

FEBRUARY 12, 2020 What was it like to work for the BBC during the Second World War and did it play a special role in shaping the public’s experience of war? These are two of the issues addressed during our

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Opening up the oral history of the BBC during World War Two

OCTOBER 31, 2019 We’ve recently launched the sixth of our 100 Voices that Made the BBC websites, featuring some enticing highlights from the Corporation’s oral history archives. It’s all about The BBC and World War Two and it went live on 3 September 2019,

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Project Management Systems: Our project Journey

AUGUST 20, 2019 One of my first tasks as project administrator was to identify a Project Management System for the Connected Histories team to use. As an information professional, with a background in libraries management, and a techie at heart,

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The BBC oral history collection as sound and data

JULY 26, 2019 Most historians work in text – we imagine ourselves surrounded by books and filing cabinets full of archival scribblings. But increasingly, we also work with other kinds of data. For myself, the BBC Connected Histories project has challenged me

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What’s in an (oral history) archive?

MAY 23, 2019 Anna-Maria Sichani When I initially started working for ‘Connected Histories of the BBC’ as a PostDoc Research Fellow, almost a year ago, I naively felt rather confident about my knowledge of what an archive might contain. I

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Project Update

MARCH 15, 2019 We’re entering a particularly busy time in the life of the Connected Histories of the BBC project. This month’s blog focuses on some of our upcoming events.

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Why oral history? The BBC and the challenge of memory

JANUARY 10, 2019 Introspective, sometimes confessional, the 650+ filmed interviews with former staff in an ongoing oral history of the BBC contrast dramatically with the broadcaster’s lustrous front face. But for anyone wanting to understand the policies, people, direction and

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100 Voices that Made the BBC: Pioneering Women

DECEMBER 13, 2018 As part of the AHRC-Connected Histories of the BBC, Saturday1st December 2018 saw the launch of the fifth in the series of BBC websites, 100 Voices that Made the BBC. Pioneering Women is published to coincide with the centenary of

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Website Launched – 100 Voices that made the BBC: People, Nation, Empire

JULY 18, 2018 The BBC has opened up its archives for exploration of how TV and radio have understood and covered race, immigration, British identity, and nation across the twentieth century. As part of the AHRC-Connected Histories of the BBC,

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Header Collage

A selection of interviewees in the Connected Histories of the BBC catalogue. Top Row from Left to Right: Joan Bakewell, Asa Briggs, Deborah George, John Tusa, Mamta Gupta, Olive Bottle / Bottom Row from Left to Right: Julia Zapata, Esther Rantzen, Venera Koichieva, Suluma Kassim , John Birt, Olive Shapley, Mike Phillips

This collage contains a selection of interviewees from the Connected Histories of the BBC catalogue. Top row from left to right: Joan Bakewell, Asa Briggs, Deborah George, John Tusa, Mamta Gupta, and Olive Bottle. Bottom row from left to right: Julia Zapata, Esther Rantzen, Venera Koichieva, Suluma Kassim, John Birt, Olive Shapley, and Mike Phillips.