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About the Digital Archive

The OU Digital Archive has the dual purpose of helping to preserve the University’s archive materials, as well as providing online access to selected materials.

The Open University Archive contains materials of many different types and formats. The site has been designed to describe and provide access to a range of these materials, including archived websites, audio and video programmes, images and text-based items. Further types of materials may be added in the future as the archive grows.

Due to copyright and other intellectual property restrictions, not all content within the Digital Archive can be viewed by all audiences. While OU staff will have the widest access to digital content, some materials have been cleared to provide a “taster of the History of the OU” to everyone.

To find out about the available materials in the Digital Archive, go to the collections tab and browse the available collections, or view the content featured on the home page, including online exhibitions.

Not all University Archive content is available on the Digital Archive, to find out about other archive collections visit the OU Archive web pages.

If you would like to re-use Digital Archive material please refer to the Open University Conditions of Use.

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(August 2015)

The Open University Archive is committed to making the Digital Archive website as accessible as possible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are continually working to improve accessibility and usability, and the site conforms to the criteria outlined in the OU Web Accessibility Guidelines which are based on WCAG 2.0.

If you experience any difficulties or have any accessibility feedback for us, please use the contact details on this page to get in touch.

ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) landmark accessibility tags have been incorporated within the code to mark up areas of the page, making it easier for screen reader users to navigate. For more information and guidance on navigating the site with these landmarks see the ARIA FAQ.

We aim to make our content (images, video, etc) accessible by providing alternative formats for multimedia content wherever possible. We aim to provide transcripts for all video and audio material accessible to the public in the Digital Archive as a minimum requirement, and where possible we will also provide captions for video.

Accessibility exceptions

Our current media player, used to play video and audio content on the site, is only keyboard accessible in Internet Explorer. 

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Contact the team

For help, information and advice regarding the OU Digital Archive contact the University Archive team:

Email: university-archive@open.ac.uk

University Archive
Library Services
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

Maps and directions are available for visitors.

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