About the Video Archive Blog

Colin the first TV Studio in the 1960's
Colin in the first TV Studio (1960’s)

January 2014

Hello I’m Colin Grimshaw. Although I took early retirement at the start of 2011 I have been asked to continue to run the Video Archive Blog and keep adding material on a regular basis. Now, working from home and occasionally from Imperial, I will have more time to recall the background details to the videos you will be seeing.

Since the late 1960’s I’ve been recording all sorts of things related to Imperial College. This is in the form of magnetic tape, but more importantly videotape. Although the College Archives holds thousands of pieces of paper in the form of documents, books, journals, manuscripts, etc, its collection of sound and visual recordings (videotape and film) is surpassed by the videotape archive collection.

Colin with just some of the many videotapes in the collection
Colin with just some of the many videotapes in the collection


Welcoming the Duke of Kent to the TV Studio
Welcoming the Duke of Kent to the TV Studio during an IEEE visit (1980’s)

So, what is this all about and why am I doing it? Well, we have a video archive at Imperial College that goes back to the latter part of the 1960’s and we wanted to find a way to dip into it and show you the programmes. Also, at times, we’ll be enjoying archive material shot by the student TV organisation STOIC during the period 1970-1986. If you have, or know of, any audio, film or video prior to say, the 1980’s, then Imperial College would be interested to hear from you. We would be especially interested in sound recordings from the 1950’s or earlier. Maybe as a student you shot some home movies of the campus at an earlier time in its history, if so that could be of interest too, so do let me know.

The original TV Studio number 1, back in December 1968 showing the Philips Videotape Recorder
TV Studio number 1, back in December 1968 showing the Philips Recorder

Normally you need a reason to write a web page and put a video of something on it. But in this case I can find something that might be of interest, say a few words about it and then include the video. Oh, I might also delve into the main College Archive and showcase something from there too. Mostly it would be audio, because I lodged most of the video there anyway, but there are a few gems on film that will get an airing at some point. One of the biggest challenges is the slow deterioration of the videotapes. Some are suffering more than others and it’s big job getting some tapes to even play back at all. One tape took all morning before I could get it to play. When I can get a good play back the tapes are transferred to DVD before being digitised and added to YouTube etc.

So, let’s start with all the entries listed on the right hand side (“popular posts”)..and, if you have any requests, then please get in touch and I’ll see what I can find. I hope you enjoy what you’ll see and hear. Simply make a comment on any blog entry and that will find its way to me via the Imperial email system.

All of the videos featured in the blog (and on YouTube) are copyright Imperial College London. The various dates appearing at the start of each video indicates the year made.

Also see us on the Imperial College YouTube Archive Channel:

Getting in touch:
Because of spam, we tend not to publish email addresses. However, if you search my name in the COLLEGE DIRECTORY you can then email me directly.

Colin Grimshaw

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