Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

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 […]

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Digitising the Coventry Archives oral history collection

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 […]

Sound Map of Leics & Rutland

Mapping the Sounds of Leicestershire & 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 […]

Coventry University's 1932 Lanchester car on the move

Motor City Stories

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 […]

Remote working!

Keep Calm and Scroll On! (Pt.4)

  One thing I’ve observed during the lockdown is how eerily quiet it is in the evenings!   With a reduction in the number of cars on the road, planes in the air, and trains on the tracks many people across the UK have witnessed the effects of noise pollution. I have found however, that […]

Looking through the Record Office boxes

Looking through the Record Office boxes

One of the features of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project is that we want to create the opportunity for volunteers to learn new skills. One of our volunteers, Ewan Shaw, has been working with old reel to reel tapes. There are several boxes sitting on the shelves of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & […]

The Great Central Railway station, Loughborough

The Platform recordings – trains, planes, automobiles and volunteers.

  In 1974 John Kirby and Geoff Smith started ‘Platform’, a BBC Radio Leicester series about transport. Kirby was already making educational programmes for BBC Radio Leicester as part of a teaching secondment. He met John Cole while visiting the Rev. Teddy Boston’s model railway in Cadeby, Leicestershire, and Cole joined the programme in 1975. […]

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