Series 423 - Video recordings

Identity area

Reference code



Video recordings


  • 1967 - 1996 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

12 m

Context area

Name of creator

(1975 - 1996)

Biographical history

The Instructional Resources Unit (IRU) was established in July 1975 and incorporated and expanded the services offered by the Visual Aids Section (Central Administration) and the Language Laboratories (School of General Studies). The Unit worked in co-operation with the Office of Research in Academic Methods (ORAM) providing support facilities for teaching and learning. Services offered to the University included photographic production and processing, audio and television production and processing, language laboratories, preparation of graphics and desktop publishing service, international satellite radio and TV service, and upgrades to the audio visual facilities in lecture theatres and teaching areas of the University.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Video material created and collected by the Instructional Resources Unit (IRU) for teaching and other ANU uses such as 1) promotional, e.g. University Open Days, student activities and campus life, facilities and study requirements for students, etc., 2) official visits and events, e.g. conferring of degrees ceremonies, the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit, etc., 3) interviews - Professor AD Hope; Professor Manning Clark; Dr HC Coombs; Emeritus Professor Oscar Spate; Sir John Eccles; British social anthropologist, Sir Edmund Leach, etc., 4) lectures and public addresses - Research School of Physical Sciences, Department of Zoology and a series of Twilight Lectures presented by the ANU and the National Aquarium, 5) commissions and contracts e.g. Questacon, Canberra College of Advanced Education, 1990 Floriade Festival, NSW Chamber of Mines Metals and Extractive Industries, Commonwealth Environment Protection Agency, etc., 6) commissions by ANU Departments, often recorded in the field, e.g. Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories; fossil locations in the Gogo area of the Kimberleys; Department of Forestry student field trips; the freshwater and wetland ecology of Iron Bark Creek, etc. At the time of the IRU’s closure, Departments were contacted and encouraged to claim any items which they considered to be of value and for which they had an ongoing use. This explains some of the gaps in the collection.


System of arrangement

Annual single number - V-prefix (edited compiles); W or SF prefix (uncut wilds and stock footage)

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Open access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Videocassette formats such as Betacam SP, U-matic, VHS

Finding aids

Item list

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

ANUA 51, Sound recordings

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Rules and/or conventions used

Dates of creation revision deletion

Prepared by Margaret Avard, March 2011.




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