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
The John Junner Collection
In 2019 Live Life Aberdeenshire Museums Service acquired the John Junner Collection. John Junner (1920-2009) was the son of headmaster Colin Kirkness Junner and Margaret. He followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming headmaster of Strathy Primary School and latterly headmaster of Strachan Primary School, Aberdeenshire, where he worked from 1966 until his retirement in 1985. He was a highly respected village dominie who chaired Strachan Village Hall Committee for many years. Interested in music technology and musical instruments, he was a first-class musician, particularly on the fiddle. He was also an acknowledged authority on the music of James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), Banchory’s dancing master, violinist, fiddler and composer. John Junner once toured Northern Ireland, providing piano accompaniment for the leading interpreter of James Scott Skinner’s music, Bill Hardie, a descendant of Matthew Hardie (1755-1826), Scotland’s greatest luthier. Junner was interested in sound, its mechanical production and reproduction on various machines. Over the years he collected sounds, recording local musicians and singers during the 1940s and ‘50s. His musical collection pre-dates the Folk Revival of the 1960s and ‘70s and consequently is unique.
The John Junner Collection of traditional music is vast and varied, containing cassette tapes, 78s records, reel to-reel tapes, wax cylinders, and musical equipment and instruments. It includes live recordings of sessions undertaken by John Junner and other musicians at his former home in Aberdeenshire, which were were transmitted live on Radio Scotland. There are also other recordings taken from BBC Scotland transmissions from the 1950s to the ‘90s.
Number of items: 6,500
Formats: Musical recording equipment and instruments; Cassettes; Open Reels; Vinyl Discs; Shellac Discs; Wax Cylinder.
Contents: Music & Song; Scottish traditional music from 1940s to '90s
Aberdeenshire's cultural and sports services are operated by Live Life Aberdeenshire on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council. The purpose of Live Life Aberdeenshire Museums Service is to enhance the quality of life of Aberdeenshire people and visitors to Aberdeenshire, by providing and enabling inspiring and challenging learning experiences that support the delivery of Lifelong Learning through the collection, preservation, interpretation of, and community engagement with real objects in the Museums Service's collections.
Live Life Aberdeenshire Museums Service has eclectic and diverse collections which encompass the length and breadth of the history of north-east Scotland - farming, fishing, whaling, archaeology, Scottish traditional music recordings - which demonstrate the country's unique contribution to cultural and economic development worldwide.
Access to Collections: On-site;
Contact Details: The Discovery Centre, Mintlaw Industrial Estate, Station Road, Mintlaw, AB42 5EE