A rare moment for the public will have a far-reaching effect on the way people see themselves.
That’s because it will be the first time that the public has been able to see the complete personal lives of world leaders from around the world, thanks to the BBC’s digital archives.
As the first of the major series of BBC News digital archives to be published since 2010, the online collection will shed light on the lives and times of the most powerful people and institutions in the world.
This includes a wealth of historical documents, including letters and diaries, and footage from the BBC archives, but also a wealth in social commentary, interviews and photos that reveal how the public sees itself in the digital age.
“What we’re going to show is that it’s not just a matter of how people look,” said James Taylor, who heads the project for BBC World Service’s World Service Digital Archive.
“There’s a range of different ways people view themselves.”
The programme is called The First 100 Years and is being hosted by the BBC World Services Digital Archives team.
It will feature the work of more than 30 digital specialists including the BBC historian, curator of World Service archives and BBC journalist and former chief correspondent David Braben.
It also features a selection of rare and personal photographs taken by the team over the past two years.
The first time the archive has been published, it featured images of the first 100 years of the British Empire from 1815-1832.
The images were taken by British photographer David Hodge and his colleague James Molloy, who were also commissioned by the World Services Archive team to produce the digital archive.
It was released in April, and the team have been working for weeks to prepare it for the release.
They are releasing the collection today, but the images have been preserved in a way that gives the public the opportunity to see their full life.
The First 50 Years The first series of the archive was published in April of this year.
This was a time when there was a very real possibility that the UK was going to leave the European Union, and in many ways, that was a huge moment for our society.
The archives collection is the culmination of a four-year process, which began with the team’s previous project, the World Service Archive in 2018.
“In that project, we were looking at how to create a database that would allow us to see, for example, a man’s life in the context of his time, or a woman’s life over the course of a lifetime,” said Taylor.
“That project was about what we could do to make sure that we could capture and preserve a person’s entire life.”
In the end, the team were able to use the same approach as they did in the series of digital archives, which was to use archives as part of a larger public space.
The project team used archival footage to recreate the life of the founder of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who lived from 1842 to 1865.
In the series, they also looked at his relationship with his daughter, Sally Hemings, who died in 1865.
The BBC’s programme will take us back to those times, and give the public a glimpse of the life and times that made this nation what it is today.
“When you look at our programme today, it is in the same sense that you’re going back to the days of Abraham Lincoln when the world looked to Britain and America as the model for what a democratic society should look like,” said David Brabsen.
“We’re also looking at the lives that have been lost in the aftermath of that.
The stories of our first 100-year project will give us a glimpse into a period that will shape the way that we think about democracy for many decades to come.”
As the BBC Digital Archives website explains: “We want to create an online archive of the stories and memories that make up our everyday lives.
The aim is to allow the public to become immersed in our culture, and then use our digital archives as a reference point for exploring the world and its people.”
The project’s online archives will also feature material from the World Archive in London, the BBC History Archive in Cardiff and the BBC Archives in Liverpool.
The team say that this is a first in terms of the size and scope of the digital archives collection, and that there will be no limitations on what they can show.
“These are not simply collections of historical material, but of personal history as well,” said Brabens.
“It’s not about just a snapshot in time, but about the way in which people see the world today.”
“There will be many stories that we will be telling and the audience will be able to relate to those stories, and also look to these stories to understand the past, present and future,” he added.
The digital archives will be released in a variety of formats including full audio and video, as well as online.
The archive will be available for free to all users, but