The most iconic objects from the BBC’s history
The BBC’s history is told through 100 objects, including David Attenborough’s rejection letter, Villanelle’s gown, and Mr Darcy’s sexy shirt.
It is the world’s oldest and largest broadcaster, as well as the most trusted name in television and radio for many people.
The BBC has launched an online exhibition featuring 100 iconic objects from its past to commemorate its centennial.
It includes items such as a classic BBC lip microphone and Roy Plomley’s rather self-deprecating letter proposing a new show called Desert Island Discs, as well as artwork, props, technology, documents, and even buildings that played important roles in the Corporation’s history.
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s walking frame, the Queen Victoria bust from EastEnders, and Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy’s white linen shirt from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice are also on display.
While many of the artifacts are well-known, Auntie has gone to great lengths to include previously unseen items detailing the company’s errors, such as a job rejection letter to a young David Attenborough.
Here are a few of the most intriguing and surprising items available…
In 1935, broadcasts from this television transmitter perched above London’s Alexandra Palace were broadcast worldwide for the first time.
Because it was 93 meters above sea level, the location was chosen.
The AXBT was the fourth generation of Marconi “Type A” microphones, which were widely used by the BBC from the 1930s onwards – the letters X, B, and T denoted later developments.
In the 1980s, most school classrooms had a BBC Micro computer with orangered function keys, which was manufactured by Acorn as part of a national computer literacy project and sold nearly 1.5 million copies.
In this 1952 children’s classic, identical string puppets Bill and Ben lived at the bottom of a suburban garden where they regularly found adventure with their friend LittleWeed.
The white shielded badge with a blue ship has been sought after by children aged six to fifteen years since its introduction in 1963.
There are now eight different types of awards for achievements ranging from bravery to conservationism.
The BBC’s headquarters are known for their Portland stone art deco building, which was the site of the first radio broadcast in 1932.
Captain Sir Tom Moore, despite his advanced age, inspired the nation by walking 100 laps around his garden.
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