Mr. Darcy’s shirt included in the centenary online exhibit

Colin Firth, as Mr. Darcy, emerged from a lake in a wet shirt in the 1995 series

A shirt worn by Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is one of 100 items featured in the online collections marking the company’s centenary in 2022.

They include Roy Plomley’s proposal letter for Desert Island Records from 1941 and a newspaper clipping from 1935 on the company’s decision to appoint its first advertiser.

The collections on the BBC 100 website showcase its most emblematic objects, people and contributors.

It also has an annual calendar.

The three collections are:

  • 100 Objects, which showcases technology, props, documents, artwork, and buildings, also includes the BBC’s classic microphone and mirror globe used as the first TV ident. They are organized in partnership with selected museums, including the Science Museum Group.

  • 100 Faces is a collection of photographs from the BBC archives, ranging from correspondents in the field to actors on set and monarchs speaking to the nation. It was designed with the Radio Times.

  • 100 Voices is an oral history collection, which reveals the stories of the men and women who worked at the BBC, exploring topics such as current affairs and elections, the birth beanbag, television, radio reinvented and pioneer women. It is organized in partnership with the University of Sussex.

BBC microphone

Accessories, documents, works of art and buildings make up the 100 objects collection

Desert Island Disks Letter

This letter from Desert Island Discs was written by its creator Roy Plomley in 1941

Robert Seatter, head of BBC history, said the BBC “has an incredible story that belongs to all of us” and that the digital resources and partner exhibitions “offer something to intrigue audiences of all ages”.

BBC History worked with cultural and academic partners for the BBC’s centenary, including the British Film Institute. Its list of 100 BBC Gamechangers, announced in the spring, will chronologically list the 100 BBC TV shows that are said to have changed the landscape of British television.

Press clipping

Newspaper Clipping Highlights Number of Women Who Wanted to Work in Broadcasting

The Science Museum Group will digitize 1,000 BBC objects for the first time and launch a program of exhibitions and events across the UK.

The centenary will also be marked by other regional partner museums with collections and exhibitions, including the Museum of London; Leicester City Museum; Manchester Museum; Discovery Museum, Newcastle; Sheffield Museum; Liverpool Museum and Showtown Museum, Blackpool.

Dame Barbara Windsor as EastEnders' Peggy Mitchell at the Queen Vic pub

Peggy Mitchell of EastEnders at the Queen Vic Pub will also be commemorated

There will also be a collaboration with the British Library.

The head of the Science Museum Group, Sir Ian Blatchford, said they were “delighted” to be part of the celebrations and “to tell the story of a century of broadcasting,” adding that the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford explore diffusion technologies. in the future in an exhibition called Switched On.

The BBC News site in 1997

Also featured is the BBC News website when it was first published in 1997

Last year the company announced special content including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Women’s Euro, World Cup and Commonwealth Games, new dramas and comedies as well as Frozen Planet II, while BBC Three is about to return as a broadcast channel in February.

James C. Tibbs