1943. A BBC European Service studio broadcast, with presenter John Foreman and producer Lionel Gamlin. The programme engineer can be seen in the cubicle behind the studio.
Albert Sydney Hornby was invited to write a new 'English by Radio' series for the BBC in 1948. This photo shows A.S. Hornby (centre) playing a series for beginners to his colleagues N. Everill (left) and the 'English by Radio' editor René Quinault (right).
1950. The 'Brown Family' broadcasts helped foreign students to learn modern colloquial English. Right to left: The Brown family's Christmas; Mr Brown takes a nap; The Brown family's Sunday tea.
1952. Professor A.S. Hornby, who wrote the 'Brown family' series as well as other series for BBC 'English by Radio'.
Peter Carr-Foster and Jacqueline Tourreil, two actors who play George and Jacqueline in an 'English by Radio' programme, enjoy a drink in the cocktail bar of a London Airport.
BBC 'English by Radio' Summer School students stand outside the Old Curiosity Shop in London talking to a policeman. In August 1957, 75 men and women from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Yugoslavia attended the 6th Summer School at Westfield College in London.
F.G. French, the textbook writer, teaching a group of Indian girls in the studio. The 'English by Radio' series 'Listen and Teach', was made in 1958 to help teachers of English abroad, especially those in South-East Asia and Africa.
Norwegian students, Karl Naesvold (left) and Ruth Oftedal (right) being shown the BBC Control Room at Bush House. In August 1959 over 80 men and women from 16 countries attended the 8th BBC 'English by Radio' Summer School in London.
This was a continuity studio at Bush House in 1959 where the announcer would read the links between programmes. The technical operator is on the left and the continuity announcer is on the right.
'English by Radio' commercial discs from around 1959. These discs were found in the attic of a Spanish convent.
1961. A lady trying to 'buy a guide book'. "What To Say" was a BBC English by Radio series made in 1961, designed to help foreign visitors in London.
BBC 'English by Radio and Television' Summer School students from Belgium and Switzerland outside Westfield College. Left to right: Mr Colette (Belgium); Miss Frennet (Belgium); Miss Rickli (Switzerland); Mr Perrinjaquet (Switzerland). In August 1965 students from 18 countries spent a fortnight at the College, practising their English under the guidance of their radio and television teachers.
Former BBC Learning English producer Hamish Norbrook joined the department in the 1970s, when it was called 'English by Radio and Television'. In the photo on the left, Hamish is recording a series at Moscow University in September 1989. On the right, he is recording with the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe in the 1970s.