British Universities Film & Video Council

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UK Sound Directory

UK Sound Directory

Sound recordings help us to understand the world around us. They document the UK’s creative endeavours, preserve key moments in history, capture personal memories, and give a sense of local and regional identity. But the nation’s sound collections are under threat, both from physical degradation and the disappearance of the technologies that support them.

The British Library is initiating a project to collect information about our recorded heritage, to create a directory of sound collections in the UK. The aim is to create a comprehensive picture of the nation’s sound collections. They are looking for information on collections held in libraries, archives, museums, galleries, voluntary organisations, companies, studios, record labels, broadcasters, press and in private hands.

The survey runs until 31 March 2015 and the Directory, incorporating a broad summary of the census, is due to be published the following month. For further details, email: or telephone James Knight on 020 7412 7345.

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