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Special Collections: BBC Broadcasts to Schools

History of Education Sources

About the Collection

This collection is the BBC's own collection of pamphlets produced to  accompany schools radio broadcasts from September 1926 till the late 1970s; the volumes from Summer 1958 and onwards include pamphlets for television broadcasts as well.

During the academic year 1946-47 the series divided into 'Pamphlets' and 'Leaflets', within the same numbered sequence, and in 1973 another sequence, called 'Notes', was added, also within the original numbered sequence.

The Collection was deposited on permanent loan with the Institute in 1990.

Size: 16 metres of shelving

Type/format: Pamphlets

Dates: 1926 - 1979

Accrual policy: Closed

Reference only. By prior arrangement with the Special Collections Librarian. Contact the Library Enquiry Desk in the first instance.

Bedford Way

There is no listing of the individual items within the bound volumes. Literature on BBC Broadcasts is available in the Library can be accessed via the Library Catalogue.

Image Source and Information

The image used in the box above is from The Ephemera Society's website (as is the information given below)

The image is the cover of a 24-page booklet containing seventeen songs for children to sing in the classroom along with the radio broadcast.  It was provided by the BBC for the School Broadcasting Coucil for the United Kingdom in the Summer of 1952. The programme was aired on the Home Service, Mondays 11:00-11:18 a.m.  

The booklet was printed by Hollen Street Press Limited, London W1 (not far from Broadcasting House) and the illustrations are by B. Biro.

School Broacasting in the UK (David Crook)

This 2007 short article by David Crook charts, in an exploratory manner, the history of school broadcasting in the United Kingdom, from the early days of radio to the digital curriculum of today.