Our Sounds from UOSH

Listen to a small selection of clips from the collections being digitally preserved through the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project. 

All of the sound recordings digitised in Scotland are available at the National Library of Scotland, with many made available online through the British Library sounds site from 2020.  Here is just a little sample of what we have been working on.

Wildlife Recordings

Fala Flow Geese (clip)

Quite a gang of geese! William Brotherstone counting in geese arrivals at Fala Flow, Midlothian, 1966.

Recording held by Scottish Ornithologists Club UNLS009/8

Fair Isle Puffin (clip)

Christopher Mylne records the unique sound of Puffins on Fair Isle, c.1978.

Recording held by Scottish Ornithologists Club UNLS009/45

Oral History Interviews

Interview with Isabella Porte (clips)

Isabella Porte sharing her thoughts on feminism, including ‘being a feminist before the word was invented’, with Neil Rafeek, 1994.

Recording held by University of Strathclyde Archives UNLS003/1

Isabella Porte explains to Neil Rafeek about ‘making a difference’ and her protest to free Nelson Mandela, 1996.

Recording held by University of Strathclyde Archives UNLS003/2

Interview with Effie O’Hare (clip)

Effie O’Hare talks with Neil Rafeek about meeting her inspiration, Helen Crawford, at the Glasgow Central Halls, 1994.

Recording held by University of Strathclyde Archives UNLS003/9

Interview with Kathryn Chalmers (clip)

Kathryn Chalmers sings some of the songs from the peace marches from Dunoon to Holy Loch, 1994

Recording held by University of Strathclyde Archives UNLS003/7

Music & Song

The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray (clip)

A recording of Sydney MacEwan performing ‘The Bonnie Earl O’Moray’ from ‘Songs of the North’ with accompaniment by Duncan Morison, 1934.

Recording held by Western Isles Libraries UNLS010/17