Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

Forge Needle Museum

Forge Needle Museum

Many of the collection holders that the UOSH Midlands team worked with were county or city archives, such as the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service , which we examined in a previous post. Today’s collection holder is slightly different, highlighting another institution where sound collections can be found to exist – the museum.  Forge Mill Needle Museum explores the heritage […]

Coventry Archives

Coventry Archives

Continuing with our series on the Midlands collection holders involved in the UOSH project, Elizabeth Gray explores the sound collections held at Coventry Archives. The Archives, as part of Culture Coventry Trust, have been based at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in the city centre since 2008, following the decision to bring together materials from the Coventry Record Office, […]

The UK Sword Dance Archive

The UK Sword Dance Archive

In this second post of our series exploring the collection holders that we have worked with at the Midlands UOSH hub, Elizabeth Gray looks at the UK Sword Dance Archive.   In contrast to Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service which we explored in our last post, today’s archive is much more specialised. The UK Sword Dance Archive consists of […]

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 […]

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