BBC marks 100 years of broadcasting with Queen Vic bust and Captain Tom’s walker

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The BBC has launched three collections to mark its 100th birthday and tell the story of a “century of broadcasting”.

BBC History has unveiled the trio of online exhibitions looking at the most iconic objects, people and contributors.

Technology, props, documents, artwork and buildings from the last century will be featured in the 100 Objects collection.

Sir Captain Tom Moore
Sir Tom used the walker to raise more than £32 million for the NHS when he walked 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April 2020 (Joe Giddens/PA)

Objects include the Queen Victoria bust from the EastEnders set and Captain Sir Tom Moore’s walker after his story was first told on BBC Three Counties Radio.

Sir Tom raised more than £32 million for the NHS when he walked 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April 2020.

A classic BBC microphone, Mr Darcy’s shirt from Pride And Prejudice, the mirror globe used as an early TV ident and Roy Plomley’s proposal letter for Desert Island Discs will also feature in the collection.

A total of 100 photos from the archive depicting BBC personalities make up the 100 Faces collection – featuring correspondents in the field, actors on set, and monarchs speaking to the nation.

The 100 Voices oral history collection tells the stories of people who worked at the BBC, covering news and elections, the birth of TV, radio reinvented, pioneering women, and entertaining the nation.

Radio presenter Roy Plomley
Roy Plomley presented BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs for over 40 years (PA)

The three collections are on the BBC 100 website, which also features an interactive year-by-year timeline covering key moments in the corporation’s first 100 years.

It includes the world’s first televised Olympic Games in 1948, the Queen’s coronation in 1953 and the launch of the BBC website in 1997.

BBC head of history Robert Seatter said: “The BBC has an amazing history which belongs to us all.

“As we mark 100 years of our BBC, these new digital resources, partner exhibitions, research and publications give a unique insight into the history of the Corporation and provide something to intrigue audiences of all ages.”

Additionally, the BBC is working with the British Film Institute on the BFI’s 100 BBC Gamechangers which will chronologically list TV programmes that changed the landscape of British TV.

The list will be announced in spring 2022.

Meanwhile, the Science Museum Group will digitise 1,000 BBC objects for the first time and launch a major exhibition and events programme across the UK.

Other regional museum partners will also mark the centenary through collections and displays, the BBC confirmed.

Sir Ian Blatchford, director and chief executive of the Science Museum Group, added: “We are delighted to be part of 2022’s BBC 100 celebrations and to be telling the story of a century of broadcasting.”

The new collections will evolve and be added to throughout the centenary year.

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