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 P.
Perth & Kinross Archive

Sound Collections:
Alyth Story Box (ACC19/29): local history, personal reminiscences and songs recorded by local children and adults for the Alyth Story Box Project, 2017-2019.
Mosaic of Alyth Oral Histories (ACC17/01): oral history recordings of three people who grew up in Alyth during the Second World War, recorded 2009
Perth-shire Memories (ACC11/52): oral history recordings of people who lived and worked in the glens of Perth-shire, recorded 1985-2011.
Perth & Kinross Sound Archive (PKSA): Perth & Kinross Sound Archive: oral history recordings of people who lived in rural Perthshire, recorded 1985-1986.
Perth Burns Club (ACC10/21): audio recordings, 1980-1993 and audio-visual recordings, 1994-1996 of meetings, made at various places in Perth, including the Salutation Hotel.
We also hold individual recordings within larger collections, including the life story of John McEwen (1887-1992), forester and activist; Abernyte Heritage Group Oral History Project (ACC10/11)
Number of items: Estimated 100-200 individual recordings - exact number not known
Formats: Digital sound files; Compact Discs; Minidsics; Cassettes; Open Reels;
Contents: Oral History; Interviews; Music & Song; Spoken Word; Local history; folklore; farming; fishing; forestry; rural crafts and industry; Scots language and dialect; Robert Burns poetry and music; Burns addresses; land ownership; World War Two

Organisation Information:
Perth & Kinross Archive holds the historical records of Perth and Kinross Council and its predecessors, dating from the twelfth century to the present day. It also hold a large number of collections relating to local people, families, businesses, organisations, societies, institutions and estates. The records are freely available for researchers visiting in person and a paid research service is also available.
Access to Collections: On-site
Short films of Perth & Kinross Sound Archive are available on our YouTube channel
Contact Details: AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP
01738 477022
Facebook: @PerthKinrossArchive
Twitter: @PerthKinrossArchive

Playback Recording Service for the Blind

Sound Collections:
Various magazine interviews and some relevant to social work care for the blind from 1976 some items of general interest, interviews, Ken Dodd, Harry Secombe, Jimmy Logan, Rikki Fulton, Jack Milroy, Ronnie Corbet, Joe Loss, James Last and many others including interview with Tom Sutherland a Beirut Hostage.
Number of items: 4,800
Formats: Memory stick/download; Digital sound files
Contents: Oral History; Interviews; Radio; Music & Song; Environmental Sounds; Spoken Word.

Organisation Information:
Playback is an organisation who has been recording Audio material for blind people since 1976, mainly newspapers magazines and book library, sadly only part of the service available in our archive is some Magazine features recorded for our audio magazine 'Playback' its not all available on line as yet but a sample of the past two years is available at Archive material can be requested from as yet we have been unable to produce a print database.
Access to Collections: By Request; Online
Contact Details: Playback c/o Peter Fraser, 17 Gullane Street, Partick, Glasgow, G11 6AH
0141 776 3395 / 07771 867874 studio 0141 334 2983 or

Political Song Collection

Sound Collections:
Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
Workers' Music Association Archive
The Political Song Collection is a repository for materials concerning political song (formerly known as the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection). It was initiated by a deposit from Janey Buchan of material she had amassed throughout her life reflecting her avid interest in the confluence of politics and culture. In 2011 the Collection was deposited with the University of Glasgow on long-term loan. Since Janey’s death on 14 January 2012 the collection has continued to accrue new materials, which prompted the name change. These have been mainly small deposits from a variety of individuals involved in political song including the Ron Tendler Collection and a large deposit on behalf of John Jordan, the late President of the Workers’ Music Association in 2018 which forms the basis for the Workers’ Music Association Archive.
Number of items: 252+
Formats: DVD; Digital sound files; Compact Discs; Cassettes; Vinyl Discs
Contents: Oral History; Interviews; Music & Song; Spoken Word; Political song; Protest song; Political song within the Scottish Folk Revival; The Workers' Music Association and the music of Alan Bush; The music of Alastair Hulett; Irish rebel songs.

Organisation Information:
The PSC is a major archive of political song, songs of social justice and other holdings from the fields of politics, social studies and the performing arts. The Collection comprises print, manuscript, audiovisual and digital media, from the 18th century to the present day. The Collection is housed at the University of Glasgow and is open to all - anyone can arrange to consult the Collection by appointment. An ever-growing selection of the archive's holdings have been digitised and are freely available online via our digital catalogue. A large number of the Collection's holdings, particularly those centred on Political folk song, are Scottish in origin or content.
Access to Collections: Online; On-site.
Contact Details:The Political Song Collection, History of Art Resource Centre, School of Culture & Creative Arts, 7 University Gardens Glasgow, G12 8QH
0141 330 2067
Janet Buchan Collection recordings listing
Twitter: @political_song