Project News

April 2019

UOSH Project Update: Collections Coming in Thick and Fast

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is moving along nicely with more Collections coming in keeping the team busy, we have recently received the following Collections;

  • The Scottish Decolonisation Project (National Library of Scotland) – 167 items
  • Against all the odds: women in the Communist Party in Scotland 1920-91 [oral history interviews] (University of Strathclyde) – 105 items
  • The University experience 1945-1975: an oral history of the University of Strathclyde [interviews] (University of Strathclyde) – 59 items
  • Oral History Collection (Museums and Galleries Edinburgh) – 500 items
  • Salt of the Earth Collection [oral history interviews about working lives] (National Museums Scotland) – 311 items
  • Scottish Life Archive [oral history interviews] (National Museums Scotland) – 92 items

For these we have so far produced 409 product entries that describe the physical items found in the collections. We have also produced 50 recording level entries that describe some of the recordings found on those items.

An additional 228 recording entries for the first collection (Scotland’s Record) have now been ingested into the BL SAMI catalogue.

March 2019

Volunteers give helping hands (and ears) to the UOSH Project 

Our first UOSH volunteers started back in January and have been a fantastic group of 6 volunteers, either currently studying or recently graduated and looking to develop skills and knowledge in sound archives. They have been learning how to digitise and catalogue audio material, as well as research some of the recordings that have been digitised. They have also undertaken some curation training and are each producing a small-scale curated project for us.

The team have just started working with a second cohort of volunteers who have come from the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP). This cohort will also be assisting us in content research – listening to digitised recordings and recording information from or about those recordings. DWP volunteers are part of a scheme where they will be donating 10,000 hours to community charities or special projects and we are delighted that 11 volunteers have chosen to come and give their time to our project.

Our volunteers have already had a huge impact on our project and we look forward to keeping you up-to-date with the continued contribution of our volunteers throughout the Project.

January 2019

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage – Our First Collections Are In

The UOSH team have been extremely busy getting the project going in Scotland and have recently collected their first Collections from outside the National Library.

The first collection came from the University of Strathclyde archives including University Experience and Women in the Scottish Communist Party

The next collection was from Edinburgh Museums, an oral history collection, providing us with a great collection of tapes, minidiscs and most importantly lots of stories to preserve and use.

Plenty to keep the team busy, but more Collections arriving soon.