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The Medley Box – call for recordings

There’s a growing need for a central bank of recordings from across the Scotland’s Sounds network that we can use for public engagement activities: listening labs, talks, radio broadcasts, student projects, artist-led projects etc etc. If each collection could licence us one digital sound recording to use in this way it would greatly help raise the profile of Scotland’s Sounds. Please get in touch with Amy McDonald at if you can offer a recording.

Seanchas: The Global Gaelic Jukebox

This new project at the University of Glasgow aims to provide an online directory of Scottish, Irish and Manx Gaelic sound and audio-visual recordings, particularly those pertaining to the folklore and ethnology of Gaelic communities. If you hold Gaelic-language recordings please complete the questionnaire at For further information email

British & Irish Sound Archives – bursaries for people based in Scotland (deadline for proposals was Tuesday 5 September 2017)

The annual conference (18 & 19 November 2017, Edinburgh) is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about sound heritage to share knowledge, enthusiasm, special interests and experience. Through the Connecting Scotland’s Sounds project, we offered a number of travel bursaries to encourage people based in Scotland to attend the BISA conference for the first time. Four applications were selected by our project board for support.

Overview – Scotland Bursary for BISA conference

Application form – Scotland Bursary for BISA conference

Sound Advice CURATION coaching programme (deadline for proposals was April 2017)

Proposals were invited from collection holders interested in tapping into free external advice from a relevant expert to help them grow in confidence in curating their sound archives. The project board selected the following organisations, who were coached by Education Consutlant Douglas Roberts:

  • Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership
  • Gairloch Museum
  • Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine
  • University of Aberdeen Special Collections
  • Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

Hear here: Researcher in Residence Programme (deadline for proposals was 21 December 2016)

Connecting Scotland’s Sounds teamed up with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) to create a Researcher in Residence programme to help open up community sound archives. Those caring for community sound recording collections were given the opportunity to pitch to work with a SGSAH doctoral researcher in summer 2017. The researcher offered part-time assistance with archival tasks (including some time on-site) and was involved in delivering an audience engagement activity. The host collections were:

  • The Rockfield Trust, Oban
  • Culture Perth & Kinross
  • Vanishing Scotland, near Dumfries

call for proposals


Guest Sound Curator programme (deadline for proposals was 31 October 2016)

Proposals were invited from collection holders interested in hosting a Guest Sound Curator (an artist or an engagement practitioner) to connect their heritage sound recordings with audiences. This expertise could come from an artist or learning practitioner of their choice. Yvonne Cooper will be working with Fiona MacKenzie from the National Trust for Scotland to share sounds from the Canna Collection with Canna residents and visitors.

The Big Sound Share – Thursday 27 October 2016

Scotland’s Sounds stakeholders were encouraged to celebrate UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage via social media and radio interviews. There were some great #scotlandssounds tweets making noise about this unique day.

Sound Advice PRESERVATION coaching programme (deadline for proposals was 8 August 2016)

Proposals were invited from collection holders interested in tapping into free external advice from a relevant expert to help them resolve a particular issue relating to the management of their sound archives.

  • The City of Edinburgh Council Museums & Galleries team was matched with mentor Beth Delaney from AVPreserve
  • Aberdeenshire Museums team was matched with mentor David Lee, tutor at the University of Dundee

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