UPDATE 14/3/17: It was an experiment. They put the archive up for three years then disconnected it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/worldservice-archive-proto therefore what follows below no longer applies.



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Today while searching for details of a programme recorded on cassette over twenty years ago I came across the World Service Radio Archive prototype. It is necessary to sign in but having done so you will be treated to a small archive to search, which is available to hear, and some of which is possible to download with a little manipulation.

On reaching the page of interest you can listen to the programme by clicking the arrow provided, and in addition if you right click the page to View Source and then search for mp3 you can right click the link and Save As thus downloading the programme to your computer.


Here are a few to whet your appetite:-

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MON 5 APR 2010 | 9 MINUTES
Witness
Why Alan Pollock flew his fighter jet through Tower Bridge in London
It was on April 5th 1968 that Alan Pollock, a pilot in Britain’s Royal Air Force, decided to protest against the UK government. He chose to do it by flying through central London in a jet fighter. Presenter: Richard Howells.


TUE 9 MAR 1999 | NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS | 29 MINUTES

My Century
Building The Century (Jonathan Glancey)
This montage compiles clips of people who over the last century have been involved with architecture, buildings and their development.


MON 2 AUG 2004 | PEOPLE AND PLACES | 23 MINUTES
(1/3)

Extreme Architecture
Programme 1: Reaching for the Sky – Skyscrapers
This first prorgramme deals with skyscrapers and man’s quest to build ever higher. What makes people want to scrape the sky?What is the power of the tower?


FRI 2 AUG 2002 | SCIENCE AND HEALTH | 23 MINUTES
Discovery
Disaster Reconstruction: London
An entire corner of Ronan Point, a newly built block of flats in Newham, east London, came crashing down after a gas explosion demolished a load-bearing wall in 1968. Five people were killed.


THU 27 MAY 1999 | PEOPLE AND PLACES | 28 MINUTES
Block On Block
The Tower
The legacy of the tower block.


MON 26 JUL 2004 | NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS | 22 MINUTES
One Planet
Tower Blocks
A tower block in East London. What place does high rise have in modern living?


MON 8 MAR 1999 | NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS | 4 MINUTES
My Century
Tower Blocks
The tower block: Ivor Smith, who together with Jack Lynn was the architect behind the Park Hill estate in Sheffield, talks about his pioneering work promoting a new way of city living to combat the slums.


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