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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 achievements:-  

History and Milestones
Engineering Research Review - 1987 (searchable)
Engineering Research Review 1990
RD Article
Open Days Map
34Mbit PAL
Acoustic Test Room
Antenna Modelling
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.

Link to BBC Research publication archive including "BBC Engineering" and "BBC Monographs"

Kingswood Warren
The home of BBC Research
from 1948 to 2010




Picture taken at the Kingswood Warren reunion lunch in 2012:

  (click thumbnail to enlarge).


Drive Section

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.

Lifting the veil on Research Department at Bagley Croft, by Rex Boys
A brief article about life in this BBC wartime outpost.

My Career in the BBC: Part 2, by Richard Russell
This article follows on from Part 1 (see No. 11 here) 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.