Leeds University Library

Election broadcast archive


This archive contains television and radio output for all British general elections from 1974 onwards, including the 1975 referendum.

The tapes are kept in store, so please tell Kasia Drozdziak or Emilia Vinci exactly what you want to view at least three days in advance so we can have them ready for you.

There are VHS video players and an audio cassette player on level 8 of the Edward Boyle Library. The Library unfortunately has no playback facilities for the reel-to-reel material.

Conditions of use

The following regulations are based on an agreement drawn up between the University of Leeds, the Social Science Research Council, the BBC, the ITA and the ITCA. They must be strictly observed.

  • These recordings are kept for the purpose of study and research only by students within the fields of the political and social sciences and history. They are not for general educational purposes.
  • The recordings are not to be moved from the Library either physically or by any other means.
  • The recordings will only be made available on production of written authorisation by any one of the following: The Registrar, the Chairman of the School of History, the Librarian, the Director of Television, or the Director of the Centre for Television Research, or in their absence, their deputies.
    To obtain written authorisation from any of the officers named above, applicants must be vouched for by a relevant senior member of University staff or by the relevant head of department of another academic institution.

Archive contents

Event TV coverage TV recordings Radio coverage Radio recordings
1974 
General Election

BBC1

ITV 59 Philips video cartridges;
190 reel-to-reel videotapes
BBC Radio 4  37 audiocassettes
1975
Referendum
BBC1 ITV 72 VHS videos  BBC Radio 4  57 audiocassettes
1979
General Election

BBC1
BBC2  

ITV 126 VHS videos  BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3 
39 reel-to-reel audiotapes
1983
General Election
BBC1
BBC2
ITV
C4
118 VHS videos  BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4
48 reel-to-reel audiotapes
1987
General Election
BBC1
BBC2
ITV
C4
227 VHS videos 
1992
General Election
BBC1
BBC2
ITV
C4
Sky News
301 VHS videos  BBC Radio 4  9 audiocassettes
1997
General Election

BBC1
BBC2

ITV
C4
C5
Sky News
442 VHS videos 
2001
General Election
BBC1
BBC2
ITV
C4
C5 
108 VHS videos 
2005
General Election
BBC1
BBC2
BBC News 24
ITV
C4
C5
Sky
71 VHS videos 

If you would like more information, contact Kasia Drozdziak or Emilia Vinci.