Britain Reimagined: A New Oral History of the BBC

Britain Reimagined

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Explore rare footage from the BBC’s vaults

View rare footage from the BBC’s vaults and consider what it can tell us about how our national broadcaster has imagined – and reimagined – Britain, its people, and their changing place in the world.

For a broadcaster that claimed to speak to the whole nation, increased immigration and multiculturalism created fresh challenges, demanding new programmes, new voices, new faces. It was a reminder, too, of the BBC’s attempts to reflect working-class life, to be less metropolitan in outlook, to represent different faiths – in short, to be truly inclusive. Through hearing personal accounts from key BBC figures, explore how the BBC has helped form our sense of nationhood, and how it has sometimes struggled to reflect fully Britain’s diversity. Retrace successes and surprises, including in the World Service and children’s television, as the BBC tried to make sense of Britain’s changing role in the world. And see new clips from the BBC’s archive and hear talks by broadcasters, curators and historians.

The event also offers a unique opportunity to take your place in BBC history by bringing your own memories and visiting our special pop-up TV corner to record your reminiscences on film. 

Light lunch and refreshments provided. This event is free, but booking is required.

In association with BBC and University of Sussex

Image: BBC Radio 4 Today programme’s first ever all ethnic minority presentation team, 2014: Ellah Allfrey, Dreda Say Mitchell, Mishal Husain and Nkem Ifejika.
© BBC/Jeff Overs


Name: Britain Reimagined: A New Oral History of the BBC
Where: Foyle Visitor and Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546