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  • A contemporary image of a Production team at work in an Editing Gallery in Broadcasting House, Belfast. BBC Copyright. 2002.

    Messiah 2, a gripping and critically acclaimed psychological thriller from BBC NI Drama.This Network production starred Ken Stott, Neil Dudgeon and Frances Grey. BBC Copyright. 2003.

    A busy scene from Studio One, Broadcasting House during a Children in Need broadcast in 1986. Pudsey Bear made his first television appearance in this year and has since become the mascot for the BBC’s official charity.Children in Need provides over £2million of support to projects involving children and young people in NI each year. BBC Copyright. 1986.

    A contemporary image of BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast. Copyright – Chris Hill.


    BBC Information 08700 100 222* Text phone for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment is: 08700 100 212 *Calls charged at national rate and may be recorded

    BBC NI Archive at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum 028 90 428 428 Email: archives.ni@bbc.co.uk


    This exhibition has been produced by: Grainne Loughran, Lynda Atcheson, Margaret McKee,Tracey Leavy, Paul Sharkey, Neville McKelvey, Geraldine McCourt, Caroline Cooper, Lisa Kelso and Mark Adair. Historical and other information has been drawn from Rex Cathcart’s A Most Contrary Region and Dr Jonathan Bardon’s Beyond the Studio (Blackstaff Press).

    Professor Fabian Monds CBE National Governor BBC Northern Ireland

    This exhibition tells the story of a changing BBC and its role at the heart of community life and creativity. It records the transition from crackling wireless broadcasts to digital radio and television services and captures some of the programmes and personalities that have helped keep us informed, educated and entertained over almost 80 years of broadcasting in Northern Ireland.

    Whilst much has changed in that time, BBC NI’s core commitment to putting audiences first has remained constant.This has been reflected in the volume and diversity of material that has been produced by, for and about local people, and also the BBC’s use of new

    technologies to improve and extend the service that it offers to licence-fee payers.

    From One Small Room to Everywhere tells a big, fascinating and still evolving story. It encourages us to reflect on past achievements and to imagine what broadcasting might look

    and sound like in the future.

    www.bbc.co.uk/ni Northern Ireland

    BBC NI borrowed a mobile recording unit from London for a period in the late 1930s. This provided local staff with an opportunity to collect sound recordings from locations across the region, including the Belfast shipyards. BBC Copyright. 1936.

    A BBC NI Cameraman captures “live” sports action from a Belfast Giants’ Ice Hockey match at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. BBC Copyright.

    A contemporary image of the BBC NI Newsroom - one of the busiest in Europe. BBC Copyright, 2003.

    “from one small room to everywhere”

    Northern Ireland

    (Rodney Bennett, The Wireless)

    A studio scene from Let’s Talk – a topical discussion programme which deals with a range of issues affecting local people. Pictured is the programme’s presenter, Mark Carruthers. BBC Copyright.

    David Curry was appointed Conductor of the Northern Ireland Light Orchestra in 1949. The orchestra made regular contributions to programmes including Morning Music. Curry was also conductor of the Irish Rhythms Orchestra which was hugely popular with BBC Home Service listeners. Pictured are the Northern Ireland Light Orchestra with conductor David Curry and leader William McNulty in Studio One, Broadcasting House, Belfast. BBC Copyright. 1955.

  • A tense shipyard scene from Stewart Love’s television drama, The Big Donkey. Tom Bell and Joseph Tomelty featured in the principal parts. As well as being a successful actor,Tomelty wrote the scripts for the popular 1950s radio series, The McCooeys. He also wrote many short stories for the BBC Home Service. BBC Copyright.

    Former BBC NI Controller Richard Francis emerges from a bomb-damaged Broadcasting House, Belfast on 14th June, 1974. The building had previously been the focus of bomb-attacks in 1972 and 1973. BBC Copyright.

    A scene from A Matter of Choice for Billy, the second in Graham Reid’s acclaimed triology of plays for BBC NI. The plays were filmed and produced in Belfast for Network television. Pictured are Mark Mulholland, Brid Brennan, James Ellis,Tracey Lynch and Aine Gorman. BBC Copyright. 1983.

    Broadcasting House, Belfast opened on 5th May, 1941. During the war years, BBC NI operated with a skeleton staff. Programming gradually increased in the following decade with the introduction of local television broadcasts and popular radio programmes, including The McCooeys. BBC Copyright. 1955.

    BBC NI’s Cicely Mathews was a familiar voice to local children for many years in her role as presenter of Children’s Hour. This programme included a mix of features, talks and music and encouraged the involvement of young listeners as guests and contributors. BBC Copyright. 1952.

    Final studio preparations for an edition of Scene Around Six, BBC NI’s television news programme, which began in 1968. Pictured are journalists Barry Cowan and David Capper, make-up artist Kath Carruth and floor manager John Ardrey. BBC Copyright.

    James Young’s broadcasting career included the role of Derek the Window Cleaner in The McCooeys and his celebrated television series The Young Idea in which he satirised the complexities of community life in Northern Ireland. He is pictured with Derek Marsden, the presenter of Date with Derek. BBC Copyright. 1970.

    Work on the foundations of Broadcasting House, Belfast began in the autumn of 1938. Its steel framework was completed in early 1939 and construction was sufficiently advanced by September of that year for building work to continue despite the outbreak of war. Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Collection.

    A picture showing the site of Broadcasting House, Belfast. In the foreground is the Thompson Memorial Fountain which was built as a memorial to Thomas Thompson of the Home of Incurables. Decked out with gables, tracery and tablet flowers, much of the fountain’s design would seem to have been inspired by the Eleanor crosses of the late 13th Century. Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Collection.

    Cecil Taylor joined BBC NI as its first television news journalist in the mid-1950s. One of his early roles was to organise film coverage for a 5min regional news bulletin at 6.10pm.The volume and range of local news programming expanded significantly in the following decades. Cecil Taylor is pictured with the BBC NI news team. BBC Copyright.

    Kate at Eight was a new magazine-style programme for local television audiences. Broadcast between 1966-68, it featured a mix of interviews and performances reflecting the arts, entertainment and community life in NI. BBC Copyright. 1968

    Royal Belfast Academical Institute, winners of BBC NI’s popular inter-schools’ programme, Top of the Form. BBC Copyright. 1963.

    Ulster Mirror was a monthly magazine programme produced by Charles Freer for the NI Home Service. Staff from the BBC’s Recording Unit are pictured on their way to the Marble Arch Caves in County Fermanagh where Professor Estyn Evans was presenting a programme on the extraordinary geological formations that can be found at this site. BBC Copyright. 1946.

    BBC NI’s Sports team make final preparations for an edition of Ulster Sports Bulletin. Ronald Rosser, the programme’s presenter, stands ready at the microphone. In the room beyond the studio it is possible to see the Producer, Kenneth Best, Secretary, Pat Lee and Bill McClelland a broadcast engineer. BBC Copyright. 1949.

    Patrick Kielty’s first television series for BBC NI, PK Tonight,won him a Royal Television Society Award for Best Regional Television Presenter in 1995. He has since hosted Fame Academy and Patrick Kielty Almost Live, a Network entertainment programme which is now in its 5th series on BBC ONE.Kielty is pictured during a recording in BBC NI’s Blackstaff Studio with singer Craig David. BBC Copyright.

    Radio Ulster began broadcasting on 1st January, 1975 with four hours of local output each day. Good Morning Ulster and A Taste of Hunni quickly became flagship programmes for the new service. Pictured are two of the station’s regular presenters, Gloria Hunniford and George Hamilton. BBC Copyright.

    Lisnagarvey transmitting station with its distinctive 475ft mast was opened on 20th March, 1936. It allowed BBC broadcasts to be heard in Derry, Omagh and Enniskillen for the first time. The radio series Provincial Journey heralded the launch of region-wide broadcasting and included programmes from different towns across Northern Ireland. BBC Copyright.

    A Technical Assistant receiving instruction in “maintaining gramophone pick-ups”. BBC Copyright. 1943.

    City Hall, Belfast provided a spectacular backdrop for BBC NI’s first Proms in the Park event.This outdoor concert involved the Ulster Orchestra and a range of local musicians and attracted a capacity crowd of 8,000 people.Highlights were televised on local and Network television and the programme on BBC TWO secured the largest-ever audience for an Ulster Orchestra concert on that channel.BBC Copyright.2002.

    Harry McMullan joined BBC NI in 1931 and was appointed Programme Director in 1945. He is pictured (in Naval uniform) providing a commentary on street scenes in Belfast following Winston Churchill’s VE Day broadcast in May 1945.

    BBC NI Cameraman Bob Unsworth pictured making adjustments to a studio telev