Image credit: Olive Shapley (producer) with Mrs Emerson in the colliery village of Craghead, County Durham BBC North region 01/01/1939 © BBC

Connected Histories of the BBC is a major research project based at the University of Sussex and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Its central aim is to transform public access to the BBC’s extraordinary collection of oral history interviews with its own staff. We are working with the BBC to digitise, enrich data, and build a fully-searchable catalogue of these hundreds of recordings, each of which provides a fresh and highly personal ringside account of life inside the BBC over the past century.

Our team of researchers at Sussex is examining these recordings and drawing on the latest digital humanities techniques to make them accessible to academic and public researchers in new and exciting ways. We are working, not just with the BBC, but with a range of other Project Partners, to forge links between the Corporation’s own archive and other relevant sources of information on broadcasting history. We are also recording new interviews with key broadcasting figures. And we are making highlights from the collection available to a worldwide audience through our website series, 100 Voices that Made the BBC.

Please explore this website for more details about different aspects of the Connected Histories of the BBC project – or contact us if you have any further questions.

David Hendy, Professor of Media and Cultural History, University of Sussex