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Burghead features on new interactive map showcasing the places in Scotland that have helped shape the BBC

By Ewan Malcolm

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BURGHEAD has been featured on a new interactive map which is showcasing the buildings and places that have helped shape the BBC across the UK.

The Burghead transmitting station at Clarkly Hill started service on October 12, 1936.
The Burghead transmitting station at Clarkly Hill started service on October 12, 1936.

The map is part of a UK-wide project to celebrate the history of the BBC as the organisation marks its centenary.

Burghead, having been the location of transmitters that have broadcast the BBC's radio stations to northern Scotland on Long Wave and Medium Wave since 1936, features on the map as one of the 100 locations which mark every year of the BBC's existence.

Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Historic Environment Division, Northern Ireland Communities Department and Cadw, launched the map today, October 13.

The map offers insight into the diversity of sites across the UK that are key to the history of the BBC – from famous studios to iconic broadcast locations, including 13 sites in Scotland.

That also includes the colourful facades of Main Street in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, which provided the inspiration and locations for CBBC’s Balamory series; The Lodberrie in Shetland, built as a merchant trading post and now best known as the house of Detective Inspector Perez from the BBC drama Shetland; and the Police Box in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, one of four that remain in the city which are known for their role as Doctor Who's TARDIS.

There are four key themes to explore on the map. That includes the iconic programmes of the BBC, the broadcasting buildings, the innovative technology which has changed the lives of many and the people behind the places of a diverse and changing Britain.

Dara Parsons, Head of Designations at HES, said: “Scotland’s iconic built heritage has played a starring role in some of the BBC’s best-loved programmes, and we’re pleased to have been able to work with our counterparts across the UK to shine a spotlight on some of these special buildings and places through this project.”

Robert Seatter, Head of BBC History, added: “In our centenary year, we are delighted to be working with national historic partners to explore the BBC’s presence right across the UK, from Poldark at Charlestown Harbour in Cornwall to DI Perez’s house in Lerwick, Shetland.

"Along with popular TV locations, we showcase our BBC buildings and engineering centres that have become landmarks on and off screen, entering directly into the nation’s living rooms and connecting us with the wider world.”

The map can be explored here.

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