The BBC's Computer Literacy Project was launched in 1982, and saw the public service broadcaster seek to raise awareness and educate the general public about the growing field of computing. They famously commissioned a microcomputer to their own specification, to tie in with the TV programmes they made (such as The Computer Programme and Making the Most of the Micro). This was of course the BBC Microcomputer, or the Beeb.
After the original Models A and B, Acorn manufactured further models which continued to carry the BBC name. The BBC's Domesday Project, a crowd-sourced survey of life in the 1980s (to mark the 900th anniversary of the original census of England in 1986), made use of an expanded BBC Master to display the information gathered.
In 1987 Acorn launched their range of Archimedes computers, based on their new 32-bit ARM processor. Some low-end models, including the A305, A310 and A3000 were branded as BBC machines (e.g. BBC A3000), had the same red function keys as the earlier 8-bit machines, and carried the owl logo of the Computer Literacy Project. But after the release of the A3000 in 1989, all new models were branded as Acorn machines.
The BBC's page on the Computer Literacy Project describes it thus:
The Computer Literacy Project, a bold, multimedia initiative was planned between 1979 and 1982 and launched in March 1982. It continued in various forms until 1989.
I suspect that the 1989 date corresponds to the release of the A3000, but after the "high water mark" of BBC-Acorn co-operation with the Domesday Project in 1986, I find myself wondering how involved the BBC were with the Archimedes line in the late 1980s.
Did the BBC have any direct involvement with the development of the Archimedes machines (or the software used on them), or was their involvement limited to a BBC badge on a few of the models?