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Papers on the B.B.C. British Empire series

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 32

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, programme plans and press cuttings.


  • Creation: 1969 - 1972


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Biographical / Historical

In 1969 the B.B.C. began to plan a series of programmes on the British Empire. The scheme was eventually abandoned, but on 11 January 1972 the first of a thirteen-part weekly series on the Empire was transmitted on the B.B.C., and was repeated between March and June. At the same time Time-Life began the publication of a 'complimentary' work in 98 weekly parts. The R.C.S. Library provided the B.B.C. with graphic material for its project and supplied Time-Life with illustrations. The Librarian, D.H. Simpson, wrote comments on each programme, which he sent to Max Morgan-Witts, the Producer, and to the R.C.S. Council; later he prepared a survey of the whole series for the Council.


.01 cubic metre(s) (1 archive box) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 11

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the collection is unknown.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Simpson, Donald Herbert, 1920-2002, Librarian of the Royal Commonwealth Society

Includes index.
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Language of description
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