Scotland’s Sounds Directory: Collection Information

This is a new online directory that represents collections from organisations participating in our network, Scotland’s Sounds. We hope this will help people to explore what sound collections exist and how to access them, as well as show the diversity and value of these rich collections to researchers, sound enthusiasts and the general public.

This is a work in progress a present, if you want your own sound collections to be a part of our directory please contact us to request a Collection Information form.


Scotlands Sounds - Collections

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There are currently 3 Entries in this directory beginning with the letter N.
National Library of Scotland

Sound Collections:
Music Collections including: Dean-Myatt Collection; Jimmy Logan Collection
Archive Collections including: Scotland's Record; Scottish Decolonisation Project; Moving Image Archive Oral History of Film & Cinema.
Sound collections at the National Library of Scotland span the range of collections held by the Library. The majority of recordings are held as part of the Music collections, and are largely published music sound recordings on wax cylinder, shellac 78rpm disc, vinyl, tape and CD, varying in style from classical, jazz, Scottish traditional and folk music and popular music. The most significant collection in the music collections is the Dean-Myatt Collection, over 10,000 items including many rare and unique Scottish music recordings from the early 20th Century. There are a number of smaller mostly tape or digital collections held as part of archive collections in the library. These are mostly spoken word collections, oral histories, off-air and master radio recordings and poetry. The Library also holds a number of published audio collections, such as audiobooks and language tapes deposited by publishers over the years.
The Library also leads the Scotland's Sounds network and through the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project can provide access to thousands of digitised collections held by collections across Scotland and other parts of the UK.
Contents: Oral History; Interviews; Radio; Music & Song; Environmental Sounds; Spoken Word; Scottish Music; Scottish Song; Classical Music; Scottish Politics; Comedy; Gaelic; Gàidhlig; Scots; Accents; Radio; Broadcasts; Social History; Local History; Language; Wildlife; Art; Theatre; Performance; Literature; Poetry; Science; Film; Cinema; Working Lives; Industry; Industrial Relations
Number of items: c.65,000
Formats: Digital sound files; Compact Discs; DATs; Minidsics; Cassettes; Open Reels; Vinyl Discs; Shellac Discs; Wax Cylinder;

Organisation Information:
The National Library of Scotland is the largest library in the country, with more than 31 million items held in trust for the Scottish people. We preserve the memory of the nation with collections that span the centuries, from earliest times to the digital age.
The Library is the successor to the historic Library of the Faculty of Advocates, founded in Edinburgh in the late 17th century. Since 1710 the Library has had the right, under successive Copyright Acts, to acquire a copy of all books published in the United Kingdom. As a result, we hold extensive and varied collections of printed material, including maps, music, newspapers and magazines as well as books. We also have large manuscript and archive collections documenting the lives of Scots at home and abroad. Our digital content is growing every year, particularly through electronic legal deposit and our curation of the national moving image and sound collections.
Our role is to both safeguard and to share the knowledge held in our collections for current and future generations. We are committed to providing easy access to our physical and digital content, and to delivering services that are open and available to all. We support learning and research, and promote understanding and enjoyment of our collections through a rich programme of exhibitions, events, and outreach activities.
Access to Collections: On-site
Contact Details: National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW and National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW
+44 (0)131 623 3700 ; ;
Twitter: @natlibscot and @nlskelvinhall
Instagram: @natlibscot

National Museums Scotland

Sound Collections:
WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) Salt of the Earth: A Scottish Peoples’ History Project Collection.
Collection of oral history interviews conducted over a period of three years from 1998 – 2001 with funding provided by the National Lottery Charities Board. The project was devised to collect oral history material through tutor led adult education initiatives and construct a picture of life in 20th century Scotland from the perspectives of ordinary people. Over 450 people were involved in the project across 43 geographical locations, generating the oral history archive and also a publication and videos.
NMS (National Museums Scotland) Scottish Life Archive Oral History Collection
Collection of oral history interviews conducted by NMAS/NMS social history curators between 1968 and 2009 covering subjects relating to their collecting, research and exhibition priorities. Interviewees were either donors of artefacts to the collections or employees of a particular occupational group that curators were researching in order to enhance the information available about related artefacts in the collections.
Number of items: 500
Formats: Digital sound files; Minidiscs; Cassettes; Open Reels.
Contents: Oral History; Interviews; Music & Song; Work and Industry: Agriculture; Glass making; Society and Family: 20th century Scotland; Sport and Leisure; Food and Agriculture: 19th and 20th Century Scotland; War and Conflict: Scottish Women's Land Army experiences; Scottish Women's Timber Corps experiences; World events; Migration.

Organisation Information:
At National Museums Scotland, we care for collections of national and international importance, preserving them, interpreting them and making them accessible to as many people as possible. We work with museums and communities across Scotland and beyond, introducing our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums, through partnerships, research, touring exhibitions, community engagement, digital programmes and loans.
Our collections are a legacy which we look after on behalf of everyone in Scotland. Our wealth of objects represent everything from Scottish and classical archaeology to applied arts and design; from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world.
We have four museum sites: the National Museum of Scotland and National War Museum, in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Flight, in East Lothian and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride.
Access to Collections: On-site.
Contact Details: National Museums Scotland Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
0300 123 6789 and Scottish Life Archive
Twitter: @NtlMuseumsScot
Instagram: @nationalmuseumsscotland

New Lanark Trust

Sound Collections:
New Lanark Oral History Archive.
Oral history records of former 20th century millworkers at the New Lanark Mills. These were recorded in the 1980s and give rich insight into the lives and work of the people of New Lanark from the early 20th century through to the closure of the mills in 1968.
Number of items: 50
Formats: Digital sound files; Cassettes; Open Reels;
Contents: Oral History; Interviews; Spoken Word; New Lanark Cotton Mills, Industry, Social lives of millworkers, Education of millworkers.

Organisation Information:
New Lanark Trust is the Registered Scottish Charity responsible for New Lanark World Heritage Site. The Trust's purpose is to: Conserve New Lanark's heritage, site and environs; Contribute socially and economically to the area; and evolve to stay relevant to our people and the world. The Trust values are that it is authentic, responsible, industrious and ambitious, in line with its heritage, and in particular, the ethos of the site’s most famous owner, Robert Owen. New Lanark was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 for its outstanding universal value in relation to its architectural authenticity, technological developments, and reforms of Robert Owen. The Trust holds an extensive archive relating to the history of New Lanark. This includes a large collection of oral history recordings relating to former millworkers who worked at New Lanark from the early 20th century until the closure of the mills in 1968.
Access to Collections: On-site
Contact Details: New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB
01555 661345
Search Room (access to collections) open Monday - Friday 9-5 by appointment
Some collection material available online at
Twitter: @newlanarkwhs
Instagram: @newlanark