Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

Elena Mary Harris 

If you search around Victoria Park, you will find a collection of artworks made by the local community. Each artwork has a QR code. Use your phone to scan these and listen to the soundscapes created by individuals as they explore the National Library of Scotland’s sound archive. 

Participatory artist, Elena Mary Harris, has worked with people from primary school age to seniors from across the Whiteinch and Scotstoun community to get inspired by our national sound heritage. We have shared stories, reminiscences and experiences, and created new interpretations of what the audio archives can mean to us. 

Each printed artwork and soundscape tells a story for the individual that made it but sounds can evoke different memories for each person that listens. We invite you to take a journey through the park, listening to our sounds and finding your own narratives within them. 

Special thanks to St Pauls Primary School, Heart of Scotstoun and The Whiteinch Centre for all their support and contribution to the project. 

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) is a National Lottery Heritage Funded collaborative project, led by the British Library, in conjunction with 10 hub partners across the UK.  The National Library of Scotland is the Scottish partner for the project.