We launch Lucy Kellaway’s History of Office Life on BBC Radio 4

The Office

In a new series Lucy looks at the history of office life over the last 200 years

We’re delighted to be launching Lucy Kellaway’s History of Office Life, a new 10-part series which begins today (July 22nd 2013) at 1.45pm on BBC Radio 4.

For the last twenty years, Lucy Kellaway has been an observer of the peculiarities of corporate culture, a topic she discusses in her column for the Financial Times. She’ll continue her fascination in her new series on workplace life by looking back at its history and asking how it ended up in its current state.

Kellaway begins her exploration in the early 1800s, with a focus on the working conditions at the East India Company, and investigates the concept of the career ladder, and how and why patronage has been important in securing certain roles. She also looks at the introduction of women into the white-collar workforce in the late 19th century and how computers have changed the way we work, along with other important office changes.

Lucy Kellaway’s History of Office Life begins on Monday, July 22 at 1.45pm on BBC Radio 4.