TitleSheffield Education Department, Audio Visual Aids Centre
AdminHistoryEducational broadcasting started on BBC Radio Sheffield in the early 1970s. The station provided schools programmes for all age-ranges which were broadcast during school hours every Friday afternoon in term time. Broadcast content was saved to tape in the'Sheffield Teachers Tape Library' which operated a loan facility from Union Road for the use of teachers in South Yorkshire. Printed catalogues were issued each year (the earliest list that survives in this collection is a catalogue from 1973/74). Teachers were also able to access sample tapes from the Radio Sheffield Schools Broadcasts from the Schools Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield; the librarian provided a listening service so that teachers could decide which tapes were suitable for borrowing from the Audio-Visual Aids Centre on Union Road. From Sep 1980 there was a slight shift in educational programming - the LEA offered secondment opportunities for this work to be carried out so the 1:40pm slot was occupied by both schools and adult/general education broadcasts. Letters written by David Sheasby, Education Producer, in 1982 suggest that educational broadcasting was, at this time, under threat but that the service continued for some time thereafter.
Date1970s - 1980s
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