History of the BBC

Explore the history of the BBC since its foundation in 1922 to the present day

  • LGBTQ+ History Month and the BBCFebruary is LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK - BBC History marks the moment with a look back at BBC programming for LGBTQ+ communities since World War II.
  • Here for you - mental health on the BBC since 1922As the BBC launches it's new Headroom campaign to support mental health during the current pandemic, we look back at how the Corporation has found ways of offering help during past crises.
  • AnniversariesThe satirical sitcom Yes Minster was first seen on 25th February 1980. The title sequence and music of the pilot was replaced in later episodes with Gerald Scarfe cartoons which contrasted with the stately theme tune and made it clear that the programme was not deferential to those in government. The comedy was based on the premise that real power was held by civil servants rather than ministers.
  • Chronicles of Hoxton StreetInspired by the 70th anniversary of The Archers, young writers (11-15 years old) from East London create a brand new audio soap of their own.
  • BBC Broadcasting MomentsOne of the world’s earliest transmitters has been preserved by the Science Museum, and is now on display in London. National Science and Media Museum Curator Elinor Groom takes a closer look at this piece of kit from the 1920s.
  • BBC History - PartneringUsing the hook of some of our recent anniversaries, here are new and original poems, news reports and comedy shorts created by the writers, reporters and dramatists of the future, in partnership with BBC History.
  • BBC Heritage TrailFind out more about the buildings and the interesting roles they’ve played in the BBC’s history. Our interactive map will help you plan your journey around the BBC Heritage Trail blue plaque scheme.
  • BBC Buildings Collection: Building of the WeekFor over thirty years the Ealing film studios were the home of filmed productions at the BBC. The BBC acquired the site in 1955
  • BBC Art Collection: Sculpture of the WeekThis bronze bust of Sir Henry Wood (1869-1944) used to be on permanent display at BBC Henry Wood House. It is now on show in Broadcasting House reception. The sculptor is unknown.
  • BBC Technology Collection: Item of the WeekTwo matching microphones in sombre wood veneer were provided by the BBC for the outgoing King's broadcast to the nation from Windsor Castle in 1936.
  • BBC Props Collection: Prop of the WeekPart of the Eastenders set, these signs are dotted around the film lot at BBC Elstree. The once fictional E20 postcode now exists at the Olympic Park, London.
  • History of LGBTQ+ and the BBCAn LGBTQ+ timeline of classic BBC programme clips, major historical moments, and archive documents.
  • History of BAME at the BBCIn June 1948, Britain began the process of becoming multi-cultural and post-Imperial. How did the BBC respond?
  • History of Children at the BBCSince Children's Hour in 1922, children's programmes have always been at the heart of the BBC's public service remit.
  • History of Women at the BBCA fresh and surprising story about the changing status of women and their pioneering contribution to broadcasting.​