The achievements of staff at BBC
Research & Development are of the highest order in the
world of broadcasting and for many years "Research Department" was
a major part of BBC Engineering Division.
1950: Newsreel: Improving the View at Kingswood Warren. A
film that is now on the BBC Archive Facebook site.
The following documents were made available at Open Days in 1990
which celebrated 60 years of BBC Research Department. They
provide a good overview of RD and a few details of some
History and Milestones
Engineering Research Review - 1987 (searchable)
Research Review 1990
Open Days Map
Acoustic Test Room
Digital Audio Editing
|In 1993 Design Group (formerly
Designs Department) merged with Research
Department, forming BBC Research &
Development. RD/R&D was located at Kingswood
Warren in Surrey from 1948 to 2010, then split and relocated
to Salford and Centre House (near Television Centre - which
was subsequently sold). The main web site (linked above) contains a great deal of
information, including details of past achievements, so BBCeng
only contains a small amount of information on BBC Research.
Some examples of the achievements are summarised in
this 2006 article
from a free magazine called Connections, which was delivered
to each household in the Kingswood and Tadworth area.
publication archive including "BBC Engineering" and "BBC
The home of BBC Research
from 1948 to 2010
Picture taken at the Kingswood Warren reunion lunch in 2012:
(click thumbnail to
Article in Prospero -
the newspaper for retired BBC staff.
The “Reg. Deane” Studer A80
An amusing and pleasing story about a tape recorder that
used to belong to Research Department.
the veil on Research Department at Bagley Croft, by Rex Boys
A brief article about life in this BBC
My Career in the BBC: Part 2, by Richard Russell
This article follows on from Part 1 (see No. 11
and covers the rest of Richard's BBC career. It is listed on a
Designs Department page in order to keep the two parts together
but, as Richard explains, both he and the Department moved on as a
result of organisational changes. Initially he moved to D&ED
and then to Research and Development. Richard's achievements were
spectacular and represent BBC engineering at its best.
Article about clearing out
time at Kingswood.