This page displays the complete holdings of the OU Digital Archive, including items where the media (eg video, text) is not available for the public to view online. When you browse or search the full collection you will see a mixture of content that you can view online and catalogue records containing only details of items (title, date etc). If you are only interested in items that can be viewed online, see the Online archive materials page.
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OU Study Materials
Study materials from 1971 onwards including:
• TV and radio
• web sites
Currently only a selection of the full archive is available.
Historical OU TV and Radio
TV and radio programmes originally
broadcast to support OU students and inform them and
other viewers about the University.
Currently only a small selection of the full archive is available
Historical OU Images
A selection of historical images from 1969 onwards, including images of:
• OU campus in Milton Keynes
• Events (e.g. the first degree ceremony)
A selection of TV and radio broadcasts created by The OU in conjunction with other broadcasters for a general audience. Examples include:
• A History of Scotland
• The Virtual Revolution
Time to Think
Time to Think: Open University Journeys in British and Irish prisons during the years of conflict 1972-2000 is a unique oral history archive.
OU Graduation ceremonies
A collection of archive items relating to Open University Degree Ceremonies. This is principally composed of videos of graduation ceremonies held around UK.
Student Hub Live
Student Hub Live is a series of live, online and interactive events covering a range of activities to support all OU students. This collection preserves the studio broadcasts and other video content created for Student Hub Live.
The Sampson Low Collection
Sampson Low (1797-1886) was a Victorian bookseller and publisher whose clients included many notable figures of the nineteenth century from Britain, North America and Europe. The Collection comprises over 200 letters.
This collection features the stories and experiences of twelve of the OU’s first PhD graduates from 1973-79. It contains their video and audio interviews which took place between April and June 2021 during the world-wide Covid pandemic.