'Sounds Interesting'

Scope and Content

Audio cassettes containing interviews with former and some then current Methodist missionary personnel regarding their experiences working overseas for the British Methodist Church (whether through the World Church Office or its predecessors including the Methodist Church Overseas Division and the Methodist Missionary Society) as well as often mentioning their lives both before and after missionary work. Each recording also has a printed summary of its contents.

There are 109 interviews in total covering most of the C20th (although predominately 1930s-1970s) recording the experience of Methodist missionary personnel working mainly in evangelism, medicine and education. Countries and mission areas include Bangladesh, Burma, China, French West Africa, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rhodesia District, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, West Indies Districts, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Administrative / Biographical History

The 'Sounds Interesting' project was begun by the Methodist Church Overseas Division in 1992 under the stewardship of Mrs Joy Fox and Mr David Cambridge. It seems that 145 interviews were planned in the 1990s but only 109 appear to have been completed (this is reflected in the fact there are 109 interviews in this collection but they are numbered between 001 and 145). The interviews were conducted with former (and a few then current) Methodist missionary personnel with most of the interviewers being current or former missionary personnel.


Audio cassetttes catalogued in the same order as the original interview numbering sequence. Summaries removed from binders and repackaged into archival folders in the original interview numbering sequence.

Access Information

Currently it is not possible to access tape recordings. Only summaries are available.

Restrictions Apply

Acquisition Information

Transfrerred from Methodist Church House between September 2000 and June 2011. Additional copies received from British Library Sound Archive, April 2012.

Alternative Form Available

The summaries are available on the on-line catalogue of the British Library Sound Archive.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Copyright held by Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes.

Location of Originals

Master tapes and original summaries are held by the British Library Sound Archive along with copyright forms, a small amount of administrative papers and published material.