Leonard Cheshire Disability Sound Archive

Scope and Content

The Sound archive contains reel to reel tapes, cassette tapes, compact discs, MP3 and WAV digital recordings covering a wide range of subjects and occassions, all related to the charities Leonard Cheshire Disability and Ryder-Cheshire. Recordings include taped speeches and interviews of Leonard Cheshire and Sue Ryder, interviews with people who used Leonard Cheshire Disability and Ryder-Cheshire services around the world, volunteers, members of staff and other supporters of both charities. There is also a collection of popular music, including that recorded by Leonard Cheshire for his wife, family and Foundation and soundtracks to Ryder-Cheshire and Leonard Cheshire Disability films.

Administrative / Biographical History

The charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, previously called the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and Leonard Cheshire, was founded at Le Court, Liss, Hampshire by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire on 22nd May 1948. Le Court became the first Cheshire Home and sparked a movement of other Cheshire Homes around the world, all with the aim of supporting disabled people to live the life they chose. Today Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of disabled people both in the UK and in more than 50 other countries. The Ryder-Cheshire Foundation was set up by Leonard Cheshire and his wife Sue Ryder at the time of their marriage in 1959. Its aim was to take on projects which did not quite fall within the remit of either of their larger Foundations. This charity focussed upon the developing world, particularly the rehabilitation of disabled people and the prevention and treatment of TB and leprosy. The Ryder-Cheshire Foundation was wound up in 2010 and its legacies were split equally between the two emergent charities, Target Tuberculosis and Enrych, previously called Ryder Cheshire Volunteers.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is granted by appointment with the Archivist, address:Leonard Cheshire Disability Archive Centre,Newlands House,Main Street,Netherseal, South Derbyshire, DE12 8DA email archivecentre@leonardcheshire.org.

Not all recordings are in accessible format, for further assistance please contact the Archivist.Access to some items is closed.

Other Finding Aids

Some sound archive items, in the form of films, can be listened to at https://rewind.leonardcheshire.org

Alternative Form Available

Some of the sound archive has preservation copies on cassette and CD

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Recordings are on reel to reel tape, cassette, CD or are digital files. Many of the reel to reel tapes are fragile.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Stephanie Nield, Archivist at Leonard Cheshire Disability with reference to lists compiled by previous Archivist Jill Roberts.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is subject to copyright law and access is subject to the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation.

Custodial History

Part of the collection includes the Cheshire Foundation Sound Library which was held at Le Court and Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's personal collection. Alternative reference numbers given are from this time