The BBC Monitoring Collection AHRC Research Network was a collaborative project which aimed to engage with numerous academic disciplines and institutions.
IWM holds Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status with Research Councils UK. IWM’s extensive collections of art, documents, oral history recordings, film, photographs, artefacts, books, posters and other item have provided successive generations of historians with the raw material for their research. The department of Research and Academic Partnerships is responsible for coordinating the museum’s research activities and representing its research effort externally. IWM’s Head of Research and Academic Partnerships, Suzanne Bardgett, was the Principal Investigator for the Research Network.
BBC Monitoring is part of the BBC World Service Group, providing news and information based on open source media. Since its creation in 1939 it has expanded its reach to include the monitoring of TV, radio, press, social media and public internet sources and news agencies across the globe. BBCM teams monitor, translate, review and analyse these sources in 100 languages and 150 countries. With the explosion of digital and social sources onto the monitoring landscape BBCM is also developing new technologies to keep pace with the unprecedented rate of change. BBC Monitoring has its UK base at Caversham Park in Reading, but more than half of monitoring staff now work out of 11 international offices. BBC Monitoring hosted the Translation and Open Source Intelligence: 1939-1982 workshop. BBCM provides services to the BBC and a range of other users including commercial companies, news agencies, think tanks and the UK Government. The BBC was a project partner for the Research Network.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) made the BBC Monitoring Collection Research Network possible, by providing a grant of £32,000. The AHRC is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, along with the other UK Research Councils.