Historical OU TV and Radio

The Open University has produced a number of series to inform students and a wider audience about the University. Series such as 'Open Forum' and 'Countdown to the OU' covered various topics such as methods of teaching, information about modules and guidance on areas such as summer schools. The OU Digital Archive Historical Television and Radio collection includes a small sample of the archive. The collection will grow as more contents are added.

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video record for Open Saturday 8 (1997) part 1 Open Saturday 8 (1997) part 1Open Saturday takes a new look on a different theme each week. This programme uses clips from OU...
video record for Open Saturday 8 (1997) part 2 Open Saturday 8 (1997) part 2Open Saturday takes a new look on a different theme each week. This programme uses clips from OU...
video preview image for Open Forum 4 1976 Open Forum 4 1976Examines the assignment system: its purpose and the problems it causes. Ends with Harold Wilson's...
video record for Open Forum 48 1979 Open Forum 48 1979Open Forum programme titled "Don't Be a Drop Out", including interviews with OU staff and students...
video preview image for Conversations : an interview with the Vice Chancellor 1972 Conversations : an interview with the Vice Chancellor 1972Charles A Wedemeyer in conversation with the Vice Chancellor Walter Perry and Walter James.
video record for Open Forum 13(1973) Open Forum 13(1973)The 1973 General Assembly. Topics include the roles of tutor/counsellors, broadcasting, academic...
video record for Open Forum 02(1974) Open Forum 02(1974)News round-up followed by interview with delegates to the British Council course on the Open...
video record for Open Forum 05(1973) Open Forum 05(1973)A panel of students put questions to the Vice Chancellor on topics such as tutorials, use of...
video record for Open Forum 02(1973) Open Forum 02(1973)OU advertising and self help groups examined. Film shots of A202 and E282 self help groups in...
video record for Open Forum 10(1973) Open Forum 10(1973)Role of the counsellor is discussed, mainly in the form of a round table discussion between a...
video record for Open Forum 14(1973) : at the South East Regional office Open Forum 14(1973) : at the South East Regional officeStaff and students in the South East region discuss problems in distance teaching.
video record for Open Forum 06(1973) Open Forum 06(1973)Programme in two parts, demonstration concert by children from Burrow Hill Junior School. OUSA and...
video record for Open Forum 01(1974) Open Forum 01(1974)Walter Perry welcomes students and part-time staff. He discusses the effect on the Open University...
video record for Open Forum 04(1973) Open Forum 04(1973)Statistics of Open University students given by Naomi McIntosh. Ben Turok, counsellors and students...
video record for Open Forum 07(1972) : summer schools Open Forum 07(1972) : summer schoolsA look at Reading summer school and a student discussion on summer schools in general.
video record for Open Forum 11(1972) Open Forum 11(1972)A look at the exams with students voicing some criticisms.
video record for Open Forum 04(1974) Open Forum 04(1974)News round-up. Preparation for the 1974 graduation ceremony discussed. Pros and cons for having...
video record for Countdown to the Open University 2(1983) Countdown to the Open University 2(1983)Advice on using course units; an excerpt from a tutorial; advice on assignments and exams;...
video preview image for Countdown to the Open University 3 (1983) Countdown to the Open University 3 (1983)A look at summer schools. Advice about good study habits. The Open University student's year....
video record for Countdown to the Open University 2(1978) Countdown to the Open University 2(1978)A detailed look at how the OU works in a Regional Study Centre, and students working at home.
video record for Promoting the Regions role in the OU Promoting the Regions role in the OU
video record for Open Forum 1989 :  April Open Forum 1989 : AprilA round-up of the educational issues for April. Coverage of the OUSA Conference at Bradford and...
video record for Open Forum 98(1984) : costs and fees Open Forum 98(1984) : costs and feesUniversity administrators and students discuss the implications of the continued rise in fees as...
video record for Open Forum 102(1985) : value of an OU degree Open Forum 102(1985) : value of an OU degreeThe personal and career benefits of gaining an OU degree.
video record for Open Forum 118(1987) Open Forum 118(1987)The first of the new magazine style programmes which will be reporting on a broad selection of...
video record for Open Forum 130(1988) Open Forum 130(1988)A look at the new proposals for classifying universities for funds for research and looking to see...
video record for Open Forum (1990) : magazine programme April edition Open Forum (1990) : magazine programme April editionThis programme covers careers advice, the launch of a new million pound scheme. In Glasgow...
video record for Open Forum 117(1987) : The Prime Minister's visit : the future of the OU Open Forum 117(1987) : The Prime Minister's visit : the future of the OUReport on Margaret Thatcher's visit to the OU and how she sees its future role in higher education.
video record for Open Forum 123(1987) Open Forum 123(1987)The programme looks at the situation facing higher education after the general election and...
video record for Open Forum 32(1978) : preparing for summer schools Open Forum 32(1978) : preparing for summer schoolsThe programme tries to give students some impressions and reassurances concerning the forthcoming...
video record for Open Forum 36(1978) : social life in the OU Open Forum 36(1978) : social life in the OUA look at social activities at the Open University for both students and staff.
video record for Open Forum 30(1978) : 5th OUSA national conference 1978 Open Forum 30(1978) : 5th OUSA national conference 1978Coverage of OUSA national conference held at Leeds.
video record for Open Forum 50(1979) : C.E.A.D. an international conference Open Forum 50(1979) : C.E.A.D. an international conferenceExtracts from the Conference on the education of adults at a distance which was organised by the OU...
video record for Open Forum 49(1979) : your home is your laboratory Open Forum 49(1979) : your home is your laboratoryThe programme shows how science and technology students can make use of experiments by means of...
video record for Open Forum 39(1979) : using TV to advantage Open Forum 39(1979) : using TV to advantageUsing examples from TV programmes, the programme looks at how television can be used and how...
video record for Open Forum 51(1980) : costs and fees Open Forum 51(1980) : costs and feesThe programme looks at the Open University's financial situation in view of the cut backs necessary...
video record for Open Forum 40(1979) : the Prime Minister James Callaghan meets OU graduates Open Forum 40(1979) : the Prime Minister James Callaghan meets OU graduatesExtracts from the Prime Minister's visit to the Open University to meet new graduates, including...
video record for Open Forum 02(1976) : what's a degree worth? Open Forum 02(1976) : what's a degree worth?Extracts from filmed interviews explore the worth of an OU degree to OU graduates and employers....
audio record of The Stephensons, Father and Son (programme 2)George Stephenson and his son Robert a generation later were two of the most influential engineers...
audio record of Edison and the Electric World (programme 7)Thomas Edison was the most prolific engineer who ever lived. He was committed to electricity as a...
audio record of Telford and the Lost Engineer (programme 3)Thomas Telford is regarded as the father of civil engineering. But the Society of Civil Engineers...
audio record of Henry Maudslay - The Back-Room of Revolution (programme 5)Isambard Kingdom Brunel was perhaps the most energetic and inspired engineer of the nineteenth...
audio record of Bessemer and the Creators of Steel (programme 6)In the mid-nineteenth century the Bessemer process for making cheap steel revitalised industrial...
audio record of Brunel and the atmospheric caper (programme 4)While the focus of popular attention has been on engineers who produced ever greater achievements...
audio record of Early television (programme 2)'Diamonds, Rust and a Handful of Sand', our series on the history of electronics now moves into...
audio record of Wireless (programme 1)And now for the first in a new series, tracing the history of electronics in the 20th century....
audio record of Radar (programme 3)'Diamonds, Rust and a handful of Sand' is an 8 part radio series about the historical development...
audio record of Transistors (programme 4)'Diamonds, Rust and a Handful of Sand' is an 8 part radio series about the historical development...
audio record of Videotape (programme 5)
audio record of Quartz (programme 6)Synchronise your watches as DRHS examines the mysterious properties of crystal quartz. The...