Just sharing the story below, with a note: As someone who thinks research has been sorely lacking (not non-existent but less than it could be)¬†especially in the non-campus countries, I think this is a good thing…but wonder about the level of accessibilty to these archives by non-campus countries.

THE complete archives of the BBC Caribbean broadcasts from 1988 to 2011 have been donated to the University of the West Indies (UWI) to be used by researchers there and the people of the Caribbean.

The endowment of more than 3,000 hours of programmes was symbolically presented to the UWI library at a function on its Mona campus last Friday.

UWI Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Harris, in receiving the archives, thanked the BBC for its confidence in the university to house the rich resource of major news stories and developments in the region.

“A university is not only about education and research, but a university is a repository of a civilisation’s history,” Prof Harris noted, while urging the region’s governments to bear this in mind when considering funding for the institution.

The BBC Caribbean Service closed in March this year, and Prof Harris said the archives would be available on all UWI campuses.

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