We’ve been working with a range of fantastic partners to help audiences listen in to Scotland’s past as part of the Connecting Scotland’s Sounds project.
Past public engagement projects:
These projects shared Scotland’s audio heritage with a range of audiences in 2017:
- Finding Our Voices: Exploring Local Songs Led by Local Voices, this Scots Song in Schools involved 8 schools along the east coast of Scotland (Angus, Dundee and East Fife). In each school, an upper primary class took part in 3 workshops exploring recording sounds, concepts around memories/tradition, and specific Scots songs local to their area. The fourth session took the form of a performance to other classes/parents and carers. Read Local Voices’ blogs about this project
- Hear Here This partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities involved a sound-focused archiving and outreach training programme for 12 doctoral researchers and 3 researcher residencies in sound collections based in Perth & Kinross, near Dumfries and in Oban
- Unheard Of Led by Media Education, this community podcasting project worked with schools and community groups in Fife, Golspie, Orkney and Glasgow to co-create podcasts featuring local archive audio recordings from Fife Cultural Trust, Timespan, Orkney Library and Archives and Glasgow City Archives alongside the voices of local people responding to the recordings. Listen in to these podcasts
- Sounding Borders A partnership with Scran and Scottish Borders Archives , this project encouraged creative responses to archive recordings from the Borders. Print-making, creative writing, film-making and animation were used by groups of adults, young people, children and families to reinterpret a set of oral history recordings. Watch some animations
Past public engagement events (2016 – 2017):
29 November 2017, Jazz Stories from Scotland, Edinburgh, an evening event showcasing Scotland’s jazz heritage in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University. It drew on existing materials collected by members of the Edinburgh Jazz Archive and featured speeches, short films, archival recordings, photography, live music and dance performances. The event marked the launch of a Scotland-wide initiative for the establishment of a Scottish jazz archive.
20 & 21 September 2017, Scottish Learning Festival, Glasgow a collaboration with Tobar an Dualchais (www.tobarandualchais.co.uk) to draw attention to the archive recordings that can be used in the classroom.
14 & 15 August 2017, Scotland’s New Towns at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, a drop-in discovery area led by the National Library of Scotland in Greenhouse 3 on George Street. Oral history recordings of people describing what it was like to Scotland’s New Towns were shared with visitors via an audio post and printed posters. These recordings were courtesy of CultureNL Museums, West Lothian Archives and the University of Glasgow.
11 August 2017, Library Social: all the fun of the fair, an event for people living with dementia and their carers. An audio recording of John MacDonald describing his first trip to the circus around 1914 was shared, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery and Am Baile.
19 July 2017, Press Play: animating the voices of the Borders, a fascinating introduction to the world of animated film Simone Russell. Children ages 8 to 12 met at Lauder Public Hall and used recorded interviews as their soundtrack to create animations to help others explore the history of the Borders.
15 June 2017, ‘Sounding Borders: the spark of spoken memories’, a talk with recorded sound at the Borders Book Festival (5.30pm – 6.30pm). From animations to drama pieces and from print-making to poetry, the last 5 months have seen people across the Borders responding to the rich oral history collections held by the Scottish Borders Archive. A special Borders Book Festival event will take attenders on a virtual tour of these creative projects, and give you the chance to listen in to Borders past via the recorded life stories which inspired them.
2 April, Canna Pier Waiting Room : Fuaim na Mara | The Sound of the Sea, launch of the waiting room soundtrack and visuals created by the Canna Community, Guest Sound Curator and musician Yvonne Lyon and artist Anne Mackay, supported by Canna Archivist Fiona Mackenzie. Listen to the new tracks via specially-created YouTube videos.
28 February & 28 March 2017, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh : ‘Mapping Scotland in Sound’, tours of the ‘You Are Here’ exhibition with descriptions of the maps and archive sound recordings to complement their themes.
2 February 2017, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh : ‘Coming In’, a celebration of LGBTQI life stories in partnership with OurStory Scotland and LGBT Health & Wellbeing. This event featured audio recordings from OurStory Scotland’s collection, which are archived at the National Library, alongside live accounts, and interested participants were recorded telling their own stories of coming in to Scotland or being elsewhere.
9 December 2017, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh : ‘Pantomime in Scotland’, looking back through film and sound’ with Dr Paul Maloney from the Queens University Belfast (part of the Library Social Programme for people living with dementia and their carers)
12 November 2016, ‘Community Heritage Conference’ at the Town House in Aberdeen, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland : gathering of community heritage champions, who got to listen to oral history, storytelling and musical clips from the North East of Scotland.
29 October: ‘Cran of Song’ event at Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther with Meg Hyland, from the University of St Andrews, focusing on memories of fishing music with a soundtrack trail trough the museum’s galleries, live talks and performances.
27 October: ‘Talking Shop’ evening event at the University of Dundee exploring archive recordings about the world of commerce in Dundee through oral history clips, songs and poetry.
19 October: Community engagement session in Collin near Dumfries with the European Ethnological Research Centre. An afternoon talk sharing local history recordings collected as part of the Dumfries & Galloway Regional Ethnology study.
1 October: Puppet-making workshop with Zenwing Puppets at Elgin Library with recordings from Greentrax and Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. A family workshop where participants listened to recordings featuring music an interview of the late John MacDonald.