Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Project to Save Sound Archive; RECORDINGS COLLECTION TO BE PRESERVED DIGITALLY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Project to Save Sound Archive; RECORDINGS COLLECTION TO BE PRESERVED DIGITALLY

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk

AN array of voices describing every aspect of life in the North East will be preserved for future generations as part of an PS18.8m sound heritage project.

The British Library venture has been backed by a PS9.5m National Lottery grant, with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) the lead partner for the project in the North East and Yorkshire.

It will save almost half a million recordings that are threatened by physical degradation or stored on formats that can no longer be played.

Titled "Unlocking Our Sound Heritage", the programme will delve into the North East and Yorkshire recordings, which include people talking about their home, society, wartime and working lives, classical and popular music, Northumbrian dialect, radio programmes, wildlife recordings, speeches, and the sounds of industry.

A key element will be an interactive website hosted by the British Library - scheduled to go live in 2019 - allowing listeners to explore a wide selection of recordings.

The recordings, many on cassettes and shellac discs, will be digitised and taken out to schools and community groups, with pop-up exhibitions.

Ged Bell, chairman of TWAM's joint committee, said: "This is a fascinating project and, working with the British Library and partners across the North East and Yorkshire, we're very much looking forward to being able to share these important and interesting pieces of our sound heritage. …

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