Single radio mast complete. Between 1934 & 1939. Library of Congress, Print and Photographs Division, [LC-DIG-matpc-04021]

Connecting the Wireless World: Writing Global Radio History

Image credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]


How did radio connect up the world during the twentieth century?

This research network, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is tracing the role played by wireless in forging links between different countries, from the pioneering experiments of the interwar years, to the radio propaganda of the Second World War and the Cold War, and the contemporary history of international broadcasting in a world of new media.

The network brings together radio historians from Britain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and the United States, and will host a series of workshops that will link up with scholars in other countries too.

Read more about the project

Useful links

Imperial War Museums' BBC Monitoring Collection

The BBC Monitoring Collection collection consists of some 15 million pages of typed transcripts from live radio broadcasts. In 2015 Imperial War Museums received a research networking grant of £32,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to examine the academic potential of the transcripts of the broadcasts monitored between 1939-1982 (the BBC Monitoring Collection).

You can read about the work of the project, and hear from participants, on the 'Listening to the World: BBC Monitoring Collection AHRC Research Network' website.