Get involved

Here’s a round up of past and present opportunities for people caring for Scotland’s Sounds:


British & Irish Sound Archives – bursaries for people based in Scotland

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh & School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh

The annual conference is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about sound heritage to share knowledge, enthusiasm, special interests and experience. Through the Connecting Scotland’s Sounds project, we will be offering a number of travel bursaries to encourage people based in Scotland to attend the BISA conference for the first time. Please see details below on how to apply – the deadline for applications is on Tuesday 5 September at 6pm and successful applicants will be notified by Friday 15 September.

Overview – Scotland Bursary for BISA conference

Application form – Scotland Bursary for BISA conference

The Medley Box – call for recordings

There’s a growing need for a central bank of recordings from across the Scotland’s Sounds network that we can use for public engagement activities: listening labs, talks, radio broadcasts, student projects, artist-led projects etc etc. If each collection could licence us one digital sound recording to use in this way it would greatly help raise the profile of Scotland’s Sounds. Please get in touch with Amy McDonald at if you can offer a recording.

Seanchas: The Global Gaelic Jukebox

This new project at the University of Glasgow aims to provide an online directory of Scottish, Irish and Manx Gaelic sound and audio-visual recordings, particularly those pertaining to the folklore and ethnology of Gaelic communities. If you hold Gaelic-language recordings please complete the questionnaire at For further information email




Hear here: Researcher in Residence Programme

Connecting Scotland’s Sounds is teaming up with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) to create a Researcher in Residence programme to help open up community sound archives. Those caring for community sound recording collections will be given the opportunity to pitch to work with a SGSAH doctoral researcher in late spring/summer 2017. The researcher would be able to offer part-time assistance with archival tasks (including some time on-site) and would also deliver an audience engagement activity. Take a look at the call for proposals and the proposal form. Deadline for proposals is noon on 21 December.


TRACS workshops

Local Voices were commissioned by the Traditional Music Forum to deliver a series of CPD workshops for education providers, musicians and other practitioners to support and supplement the TRACS Gifting Every Child programme. These workshops took place on 28 October 2016 in Dundee, on 25 November 2016 in Edinburgh, on 17 February 2017 in Glasgow and on 7 April 2017 in Inverness.  They were supported by the Youth Music Initiative. Please see for details.

Guest Sound Curator programme (deadline for proposals was 31 October)

Proposals were invited from collection holders interested in hosting a Guest Sound Curator (an artist or an engagement practitioner) to connect their heritage sound recordings with audiences. This expertise could come from an artist or learning practitioner of their choice. Yvonne Cooper will be working with Fiona MacKenzie from the National Trust for Scotland to share sounds from the Canna Collection with Canna residents and visitors.

The Big Sound Share – Thursday 27 October 2016

Scotland’s Sounds stakeholders were encouraged to celebrate UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage via social media and radio interviews. There were some great #scotlandssounds tweets making noise about this unique day.

Sound Advice coaching programme (dealine for proposals was 8 August)

Proposals were invited from collection holders interested in tapping into free external advice from a relevant expert to help them resolve a particular issue relating to the management of their sound archives.

  • The City of Edinburgh Council Museums & Galleries team was matched with mentor Beth Delaney from AVPreserve
  • Aberdeenshire Museums team was matched with mentor David Lee, tutor at the University of Dundee


Make some noise and share Scotland’s Sounds on social media using #ScotlandsSounds !