Papers of Duncan Taylor

Scope and Content

Annotated scripts, administration files and articles from the Radio Times relating to the BBC Broadcasting for Schools programmes transmitted on BBC Radio. Most scripts are from the series for radio but there are also scripts and papers relating to the Radiovision programmes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Duncan Taylor was a producer and programme editor in the Schools Broadcasting Department of the BBC from 1947 to 1972. Previous to this he worked in teaching, educational administration and the RAF. He was the author of several books for children on careers and historical subjects.


Collection has been divided into three series:

1 - Scripts (1948-1973)

2 - Administrative files (1933-1972)

3 - Articles from the Radio Times (1950-1952)

Access Information


Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Conditions Governing Use

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Duplicates have been removed. No further appraisal required.

Custodial History

Given by the family in October 2005.

Related Material

'Radiovision' by the School Broadcasting Council for the United Kingdom including an account by Duncan Taylor, 1967 (Classmark - SA4796)

Special Collections - BBC Radiovision. Comprising programmes on cassette, accompanying teachers' notes and visual aids

Special Collections - BBC Broadcasts to Schools. Comprising pamphlets produced to accompany schools radio broadcasts (September 1926-late 1970s) and television broadcasts from Summer 1958-late 1970s.