Record Details

CollectionBBC Children in Need Appeal
NGOBBC Children in Need Appeal
RepositoryBBC Written Archives Centre
DescriptionThe records are kept at the BBC Written Archives Centre. They consist of

A) the Children's Hour Christmas Appeal (33 files covering 1934 to 1964, Ref. R [Radio] /7 / 1, 20, 95-97, 243-248). These are made up of Head office memos & corresp, appeal, general, BBC staff volunteers, donations: a - z, receipts for grants, recommendations & allocation of grants a - m, rejections a - m, request for grants (See BBC Excel file).

B) the Children in Need records (11 files covering 1985-2004, various references). They include special reports, Children in Need appeal, corporate publicity: Ariel feature, press information, publicity packs; and records relating to Children in Need trail (for more information, see BBC Excel file).

Access RightsAs a general guideline, the BBC Written Archives Centre accepts academics of Undergraduate status and above, BBC Staff who are researching for programme purposes and authors of books or articles who have a publisher in place. All of the above are by appointment only and the Archives Centre is only open to external researchers on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 09:45 and 17:00. In terms of access to the files themselves, similar to government bodies, the Centre allows external researchers to see files which contain papers dated up to and including the year 1979. So, for example, none of the 'BBC Children in Need' files are currently open to researchers whereas the 'BBC Children's Hour Christmas Appeal' files will be open for access as they date from before 1979. The Centre do, of course, provide access to more recent papers when obliged to fulfill their FOI obligations. The BBC WAC link below explains in full the access conditions, and gives a brief guide as to the sort of material that is held:
Size of Collection44 files
Finding Aids/CataloguesThe centre does not have any sort of electronic or online catalogue available to the public. An internal file database is only accessible to BBC Document Archives staff.
Reference of Catalogue
Additional information
Source of InformationContact with BBC Written Archives Centre (February 2007).
Last Edited at02/10/2007 11:40:35