On the occasion of its 100th birthday, the BBC has brought out three collections that tell the story of a “century of broadcasting”.
BBC History has unveiled the trio of online exhibitions that focus on the most iconic objects, people and contributors.
Technology, props, documents, works of art and buildings from the last century are presented in the 100 objects collection.
Objects include the bust of Queen Victoria from the EastEnders set and the walking frame of Captain Sir Tom Moore after his story was first told on BBC Three Counties Radio.
Sir Tom raised more than £ 32 million for the NHS as he walked 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April 2020.
A classic BBC microphone, Mr. Darcy’s Pride And Prejudice shirt, the mirror globe that was used as an early TV badge, and Roy Plomley’s letter of suggestion for Desert Island discs will also be featured in the collection.
A total of 100 photos from the archive showing BBC personalities make up the 100 Faces collection – with correspondents in the field, actors on the set and monarchs speaking to the nation.
The 100 Voices Oral History Collection tells the stories of people who worked for the BBC, covering the news and elections, the birth of television, reinventing radio, pioneering and entertaining the nation.
The three collections are on the BBC 100 website, which also features an interactive year-to-year timeline covering key moments in the company’s first 100 years.
It includes the world’s first televised Olympics in 1948, the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, and the launch of the BBC website in 1997.
BBC History Director Robert Seatter said: “The BBC has an amazing story that belongs to all of us.
“To mark our 100th anniversary of our BBC, these new digital resources, partner exhibitions, research and publications provide a unique glimpse into the company’s history and offer something for a fascinating audience of all ages.”
In addition, the BBC is working with the British Film Institute on the BFI’s 100 BBC Gamechangers, which chronologically list television programs that have changed the landscape of British television.
We’re excited to be part of the BBC 100 celebrations in 2022 and tell the story of a century of broadcasting. “
Meanwhile, the Science Museum Group will digitize 1,000 BBC objects for the first time and launch a large program of exhibitions and events across the UK.
Other regional museum partners will also celebrate the centenary with collections and exhibitions, confirmed the BBC.
Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group, added, “We are excited to be part of the BBC 100 celebrations in 2022 and tell the story of a century of broadcasting.”
The new collections will develop and complement each other over the course of the anniversary year.
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