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 2 Entries in this directory beginning with the letter T.
Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches

Sound Collections: The Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches website contains material from three sound collections: the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive; the National Trust for Scotland's Canna Sound Archive Collection; and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. The School of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh) was established in 1951 to collect, archive, research and publish material relating to the cultural life, folklore, and traditional arts of Scotland. The material from the Sound Archive which is available on the Tobar an Dualchais website comes from all over Scotland and its diaspora. The Sound Archive is a very rich repository of the oral tradition and it is also invaluable for its range of dialects and accents in Gaelic and Scots. There are almost 40,000 of the School’s recordings on the website. The Canna Sound Archive Collection is a unique treasure trove of recordings made by folklorists John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Fay Shaw. Over 2,000 recordings of songs and stories from Gaelic speakers in Scotland and Nova Scotia recorded in the 1930s, 40s and 50s are available online. The output from BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s programmes on the website is diverse and includes interviews with people on topical subjects and also items from days gone by. National Mod recordings, the earliest going back to 1946, also feature on the site. In addition, there are recordings of Gaelic church services of different denominations which were recorded in different parts of Scotland. The website has around 7,000 recordings from Radio nan Gàidheal.
Number of items: 50,000
Formats: Digital sound files
Contents: The website encompasses many aspects of the culture and heritage of Scotland and its diaspora. Material available includes folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories, poetry, and information on traditional occupations and ways of life, including those of Scottish Travellers.

Organisation Information: Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches is a collaborative project which was set up to preserve, digitise, catalogue and make several thousand hours of Gaelic and Scots oral recordings available online. The material on the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches website comes from three sound collections: the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive; BBC Radio nan Gàidheal; and the National Trust for Scotland's Canna Sound Archive Collection. All of the recordings provided by them have been digitised, and the cataloguing and permissions’ work is ongoing. Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches has also undertaken projects and activities based on the online material, including: the provision of educational resources from pre-school to higher education; community engagement with areas and islands from which the recordings originate; working with Faclair na Gàidhlig to add previously unrecorded Gaelic words and phrases sourced from the website to its dictionary of Scottish Gaelic; the delivery of short courses for people with an interest in Scotland’s unique cultural heritage; and the production of CDs and transcriptions.
Access to Collections: Online
Contact Details: Tobar an Dualchais, Fàs, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV44 8RQ 01471 888601
Access to Collections: Online
Contact Details:
Twitter: @TobarDualchais
Instagram: @tobar_an_dualchais

Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS)

Sound Collections:
Traditional Arts Oral Archive
Our collection offers a combination of resources focused on music, storytelling, dance, the People's Parish project and the Gifting Every Child project. The oral tradition and intergenerational passing on of songs and stories are in decline in our ever-increasing digital world. However, our collections presents new opportunities to engage larger audiences with traditional arts through digital mediums for future generations. We aim to display the variety and vibrancy of Scotland's traditional arts scene.
Number of items: 40
Formats: Digital sound files
Contents: Music & Song; Spoken Word; Storytelling, music, songs for children

Organisation Information:
TRACS brings together the Traditional Music Forum, the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Forum to showcase Scotland’s rich cultural heritage, and to improve the knowledge, practice, development and advocacy of traditional arts in a contemporary world, making them more accessible to all.
TRACS leads, in consultation with the Forums, on shared advocacy, policy development, strategic relationships, programme initiatives and promotion, involving different aspects of Scotland’s traditional arts, culture and languages.
TRACS operates in a uniquely collaborative way appropriate to the diverse networks that underpin Scotland’s arts of tradition locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Access to Collections: Online
Contact Details: 43-45 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1SR United Kingdom
0131 652 3272
Twitter: @ScotStoryCentre
Instagram: @scottishstorytellingcentre