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UOSH engineer Richard Wheelband at his workstation.

Audiovisual Heritage at the University of Leicester

  Sunday 27th October 2019 is UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. To join in the celebrations, this blog post looks at some of the Audiovisual Heritage work done at the University of Leicester.   I’ll start with the most recent project, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH), which is based in Special Collections in the […]

The digital table in the library at the University of Leicester

Catalogues, Websites & Digital Tables

  In the summer of 2019 the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project has hosted two Museums Studies work placement students, Feifei Qin and Nidhi Saryal, who have been learning different aspects of working with sound archives.   Nidhi started by processing sound collections that we have brought in from Worcestershire and Derbyshire. These are […]

Volunteering with UOSH

Volunteering with UOSH

Hello I’m Ellie Priestley, a second year Ancient History and History student here at the University of Leicester. As part of the work in one of my modules with Dr James Moore I became aware of the opportunity to work within the Library’s Special Collections as a volunteer with the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Project […]

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Accelerate Your Career placement 2019: guest post

  University life for a student often represents stability as well as sense of purpose, which is to finish with a degree in whichever course chosen. 3 years of lectures, seminars and all round university activity often shields students from the rigours and competitiveness of the outside world, which makes the period post-graduation one of […]

Digging Out the Past – the legacy of Alan McWhirr

The first collection we have finished digitising for the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project is a monthly radio series about archaeology, Digging Out the Past. This ran from 1979 – 1989 and was produced and presented by the archaeologist Alan McWhirr for BBC Radio Leicester. The series covered some important events, such as the 1988/9 […]

MS210 playing for the photogrammetry cameras

The latest adventures of MS 210

In a follow-up to his previous blog post, The Beast in Me, Museum Studies PhD student Armand De Filippo reports on the most recent adventures of our “Ethiopic Manuscript”, MS 210. Armand’s latest article reflects on the experience of conducting cutting-edge digital imaging work with the manuscript at the British Library, in collaboration with Mnemoscene and […]

Leicester in 1945 – the British Council & Harold White

Leicester in 1945 – the British Council & Harold White

A few years ago, when I was working at the East Midlands Oral History Archive, I planned an oral history project that would record people’s memories of the immediate post-war years in Leicester. During preliminary work for the project, I discovered a collection of high quality, large, mounted black and white photos of Leicester taken […]

Literary Archives

Literary Archives

  The Secret Mystery of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾   Working in the archives, I often roll my eyes at newspaper headlines which report on archive material being ‘newly discovered’, suddenly ‘unearthed’, and ‘never before seen’ – as quite often the document has been sitting in the archive store for years, has a catalogue […]

Holiday Memories

As part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project we have been training volunteers in how to archive and use sound recordings. One of the projects we are working on is creating sound clips that can be used in reminiscence work, and one of the topics we are looking at is holidays.   The […]

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