Archival Sound Recordings

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Scope and Content

Users of this collection can explore an astonishing combination and range of recorded sounds - from music, oral history, performance, accents and dialects to the natural world.

The available selection is accessible by a number of routes, including by themes, tags, searching and collection type. A regularly updated blog sheds further light upon some of the collection's hidden gems and a range of audio tools are also provided as downloads to facilitate user' access to the catalogue.


This is a description of an Online Resource. Online Resources are websites that describe, interpret and provide access to archives. They often provide access to digital content but they may also describe physical materials. They usually cover a theme or topic, such as an individual, a movement, or an important historical event.

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A Jisc funded digitisation initiative. Publisher: British Library

Additional Information

The site's “Case Studies” provide real life user examples of how accessing the collections have enhanced their studies, research or work.

The archive is of great relevance to those studying or teaching across a range of diverse and interconnected disciplines, such as sound engineering, music, history, linguistics, theatre and media studies, biology, the natural world and many more.