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TAYLOR, Duncan

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 DT
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: TAYLOR, Duncan
Date(s): 1948-1973
Level of description: collection
Extent: 9 boxes
Name of creator(s): Taylor | Duncan | fl 1947-1972 | producer and programme editor
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Duncan Taylor was a producer and programme editor in the Schools Broadcasting Department of the BBC from 1947 to 1972. Previous to this he worked in teaching, educational administration and the RAF. He was the author of several books for children on careers and historical subjects.


Scope and content/abstract:

Scripts, with annotations, for various children's history series, broadcast by the BBC in the 1960s-1970s comprising: Stories from World History,1948-1973; Contemporary History, 1968-1970; Stories from Scottish History, 1964; Peoples of the World, 1971-1972; Great People of History, for Nigerian schools, Dec 1961; Religion and Philosophy: Archaeology and the Bible, 1955; Europe since 1945, (Study on three; Radio Three, 1968-1969); History 1917-1967 (BBC Schools Television, 1969); Human Rights, 1968; Britain in the sixties (Study on three: Radio Three, 1970); For the Middle Years on Romans, 1973; recording for Radio Enterprises, including a script for 'Drake sails round the world', Nov 1970, with a script from the World History Series on the same topic, 1967. Papers relating to the making of children's history series including on 'Recordings for Scandinavia' , including scripts, and notes, 1951-1965; list of titles of past programmes, with names of scriptwriters. List of programmes and schedules, 1938-1972; comments on and suggested alterations to 'How things began: Roman Britain II', with 2 scripts on Roman Britain, 1956-1957; working file for 'Talks for Sixth Forms: The History of Science', including journals, press cuttings and notes [1948-1956]; 'Ancient Greece', including extracts from reference works and press cuttings; 'Cook's second voyage (Radiovision)', including notes, drafts of scripts, key to pictures and photographs of the recording studio; 'Lincoln frees the slaves', including notes on picture sources, background and draft script, 1972. Radio Times articles by Duncan Taylor about the BBC Broadcasts to Schools, Sep 1950-Jan 1952. Publications including, Modern History: notes for the teacher (BBC Sound Broadcasts to Schools), 1944-1963; History I: notes for the teacher (BBC Broadcasts to Schools), 1944-1957 and Stories from British History: notes for the teacher (BBC Broadcasts to Schools), 1957-1966. Talks and other publicity material including 'Initiation, planning and production of a school broadcast', a talk delivered to H.M.I.s' conference [May 1949] and 'BBC talks and articles', containing published articles and notes for talks by Duncan Taylor on BBC Schools Broadcasting, [1960-1969]. Notes for intended contributors to 'Stories from World History' and 'Stories from British History', Jan 1962.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: scripts; papers relating to the making of children's history series; publications, press cuttings and publicity.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the Institute of Education website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by the family in October 2005.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2008

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