BBC Photo Archive | Rediscover, Reimagine

Welcome to the BBC’s Photo Sales website where you can explore BBC copyright images that are available to licence for editorial use in print and digital media globally.

The Collection |  BBC Photo Sales is the home of a vast and unrivalled collection of images spanning the life of the corporation. From iconic British programmes to technology  and broadcasting milestones throughout the decades, you’ll find it all here at your fingertips.

The Archive | BBC Archives manages one of the world's largest multimedia archives. We undertake preservation , digitisation and care of the hard copy collections .Our mission is to preserve content so that it can be re-used.  More than 6 million images are held in the Photo Archive on formats ranging from glass plates, negatives, transparencies, and prints to digital files. We ensure that high resolution scanning of photographic material takes place to both protect the material and make it accessible.

The Team | Photographic material is curated by our experienced team of Archivists who are here to help with research or collaborate with you to find rich and surprising photos.

Coming Up | We’re always curating new collections from our extensive archive and unearthing hidden gems. Here’s what’s coming to the site soon – Newsround, Riverside Studios, 6 Music 20th Anniversary

Contact us

Call our team on +44 (0) 20 8862 2690 Monday-Friday 9:30 - 18:30 GMT

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