It is also the premises of the BBC Written Archives Centre and BBC Radio Berkshire. The BBC announced in July 2016 that it planned to leave the site and transfer its operations elsewhere.  Caversham was an urban district and part of Oxfordshire until 9 November 1911,  when it was transferred to Berkshire and became part of the county borough of Reading.
In April 1633, Sir John Hepburn was granted a warrant by Charles I to recruit 1200 Scots for service with the French army in the 1618–1648 Thirty Years War.The nucleus came from Hepburn's previous regiment, which fought with the Swedes from 1625 until August 1632, when Hepburn quarrelled with Gustavus Adolphus.
As of 2009, Burke has served on the Board of Directors of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. As of 2021, Burke became a board member for onxmaps.com out of Missoula, Montana.