The BBC at 100 Symposium

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Date / time: 13 September - 15 September, All day

National Science & Media Museum (and online)

The BBC at 100 Symposium


Free registration is now open for The BBC at 100 Symposium, which will be held at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and online from 13-15 Sept 2022. It is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with the support of the National Science and Media Museum, the University of Bradford and Media History.

The symposium is interdisciplinary, inclusive and free to attend in-person or online. It aims

  • to act as a gathering of the tribes, encompassing everyone from established scholars to postgraduates
  • to take stock of research about the past century of British broadcasting by scholars in history, media and cultural studies, literary criticism, music, technology and related fields
  • to explore what conceptual and logistical changes are needed to foster new directions in research and teaching
  • to bring together archivists and researchers to discuss how to expand access to BBC archival resources, especially audiovisual ones.

One hundred and fifty academics and archivists from every continent save Antarctica participate in thirty roundtables on aesthetics, Africa and the Middle East, audiences, children, digital broadcasting, digitised archives, diversity, documentary and features, domestic and international literary programming, education, entertainment, ethnicity and sexuality, global broadcasting, the interwar period, classical, jazz and popular music, local and regional radio, mainland Europe, Northern Ireland and ‘The Troubles’, oral and transnational histories of BBC women, politics and current affairs, popular culture and the overseas services, popular music, public service broadcasting, radio drama, realism, religion and television studies.

The programme is rounded out by plenary roundtables about archives and the history of broadcasting history, a tour of the NSMM’s special exhibition on a century of broadcasting, a joint book launch for twenty volumes on broadcasting history published since Covid, a gala screening of This Is The BBC (1960) and a symposium dinner followed by Paul Kerensa’s one-man play The First Broadcast.

To register, simply email indicating which days you plan to attend and whether you’ll be attending in-person or online.For the symposium programme, see