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Worcestershire Archives Collections

Worcestershire Archives Collections

As a regional hub for the UOSH project the team at the University of Leicester has worked with collections from institutions across the Midlands. This series of blog posts by Elizabeth Gray will explore the collection holders that we have worked with, and showcase some of the many highlights we have discovered in their collections.  First up is Worcestershire Archive and […]

BBC Radio Leicester – In Perspective

BBC Radio Leicester started in 1967 and was the country’s first local BBC radio station. When the station ‘went digital’ around 2000/2001 its analogue collections – mostly ¼” tape – were deposited with the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) and stored at the Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland (ROLLR).   We have […]

Sounds Familiar – a busy winter

This blog looks at the work done by the UOSH Midlands Hub team at the University of Leicester over the winter of 2020/21. In particular, it draws attention to two outreach projects: a module with Museum Studies students and a reminiscence project with Leicestershire County Council.   Listening in Lockdown In February we helped to […]

Blog 3: Items of Interest chosen by Jenni Hunt.

Over the past few months I have been working on listing the University of Leicester’s Administrative Archive. This work, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is part of the “So That They May Have Life” project, carried out in order to celebrate the centenary of the University of Leicester.   My work involves exploring those […]

Blog 2: Impact of the Second World War on University College Leicester. Guest post by Jenni Hunt.

Introduction I am currently working on listing the University of Leicester’s administrative archive, as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported “So That They May Have Life” project, celebrating the University’s Centenary. The papers that I have been looking at cover the first thirty or so years of the University’s life, covering the founding, […]

Blog 1: Advertising files: Guest post by Jenni Hunt

The University Archives The University Archives at the University of Leicester are, perhaps unsurprisingly, boxes and boxes of files relating to the history of the University of Leicester. Part are stored in the basement of the David Wilson building, in temperature and humidity-controlled secure storage, alongside collections of rare books and photographs, and contain papers from the founding […]

Digitising the Coventry Archives oral history collection

Diagram showing examples of azimuth adjustment

by Richard Wheelband, UOSH Midlands Digitisation Engineer   The Unlocking Our Digital Heritage (UOSH) Midlands Hub is based in Special Collections at the University of Leicester and is preserving ‘at risk’ sound collections from across the Midlands. This is the story of one of the collections.   In mid-2019 project manager Colin Hyde and I […]

Mapping the Sounds of Leicestershire & Rutland

Sound Map of Leics & Rutland

In the summer of 2020, three Museum Studies students at the University of Leicester (Elizabeth Gray, Lillian Namyaalo and Maria Georgiadou) joined the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage team to create a sound map of Leicestershire & Rutland. In this blog, Elizabeth Gray reflects on the experience. ‘Sound is the vocabulary of nature,’ so said the […]

Motor City Stories

Coventry University's 1932 Lanchester car on the move

Archivist Gary Collins explains how the digitisation of an audio collection is enabling its contents to be used in a variety of ways, including for Coventry City of Culture 2021.   The opportunity to get one of Coventry University’s taped interview collections digitised by the British Library’s Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project, whose Midlands […]

Audio heritage in Leicestershire & Rutland

 This exhibition was in the basement of the University library for the first few months of 2020. It featured items related to the history of sound recording and oral history in Leicestershire & Rutland from the 1950s to the present. The links below follow on from items mentioned in the video.     Early […]

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