British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Acquired Collections

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 898 ACQ
  • Dates of Creation
      From 1922
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      c500 linear feet of files

Scope and Content

The fonds British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Acquired Collections consists of externally acquired deposits of papers, scripts, drawings and artefacts which relate to the work and history of the BBC and its staff. The papers have a different provenance from the working papers of the BBC, which were generated by internal departments and transferred to the Written Archives Centre, either directly from a department or through a registry system. Many of the deposits have been donated by former BBC staff or their estates and contain both work related papers and non-BBC material. For more information about BBC papers see the BBC fonds level description.


The fonds Acquired Collections consists of one sub-fonds: Special Collections. Special Collections are arranged by the name of the donor, which rarely provides details of the content or subject of the collection.

Access Information

Material can be accessed in the Reading Room at the BBC Written Archives Centre.

Visits are by prior appointment only. You can access the Centre if you are an academic in higher education undertaking accredited research, a writer commissioned to write a book or article on BBC history, or undertaking research for a commercial project.

Full details of visitor and access arrangements can be found on our website:

Material is available subject to the Access Policy of the BBC Written Archives Centre. All files are reviewed in detail before release to ensure compliance with relevant legislation such as data protection, libel laws and the BBC's Editorial Guidelines. Some record types also have specific closure and/or release criteria.