Upcoming Events

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 all of our events are currently on hold.

We hold three Scotland’s Sounds network stakeholder meetings a year in locations across Scotland.  Join our mailing list and be the first to find out the next meeting date.

Past Events Knowledge Exchange & Networking

22 February 2020- The team presented at the Festival of Sound in Edinburgh on 22 February, including a brief introduction to the UOSH project, the network that is Scotland’s Sounds, sound archives in general and showing how sound archives can be creatively re-used. There was also an exhibitor stand where attendees were able to listen to a selection of archival sound recordings and handle a variety of sound formats.

20 January 2020, Aberdeen – Scotland’s Sounds Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

2 September 2019, Glasgow- Scotland’s Sounds Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

11 June 2019, Gairloch, Scotland’s Sounds Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

13 March 2019, Edinburgh – Scotland’s Sounds Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

19 November 2018, Glasgow – Scotland Sound’s Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

13 & 14 June 2018, Stornoway and Benbecula –Scotland Sound’s Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

29 January 2018, Edinburgh –Scotland Sound’s Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

17 & 18 November 2017, Edinburgh – British & Irish Sound Archives Conference 2017

6 October 2017, Inverness – Archival Management of Oral History Collections Course

5 September 2017, Perth –Scotland Sound’s Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

6 June 2017, Dundee – All Ears: telling stories with sound

29 April 2017, Glasgow – Tuning In: Oral History & Archives Conference

24 March 2017, Glasgow – Tuning In: Archival Management of Oral History Collections Course

9 March 2017, Edinburgh – Tuning In: Hands-On Digitisation Day

1, 8 and 15 February 2017, Glasgow & Edinburgh – Hear Here Training Days for Researchers

17 January 2017, Glasgow – Tuning In: Demystifying Copyright & Sharing Sound Collections Online

6 December 2016, Glasgow – Plugged In: Stakeholder Meeting

15 November 2016 and 21 February 2017, Edinburgh- On Track: Management Discussion Days

25 October 2016, Aberdeen- Tuning In: Sound Digitisation & Digital Preservation

4 October 2016, Perth – Tuning In: Resourcing Your Sound Archive: Volunteering & Fundraising

20 September 2016, Dundee- Tuning In: Analogue Preservation & Cataloguing Recordings

6 September 2016, Inverness- Plugged In : Stakeholder Meeting

Past Events Public Engagement for Connecting Scotland’s Sounds

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 ( 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 2017, 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 2016, ‘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 2016, ‘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 2016, 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 2016, 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.