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Archival Sound Recordings

Archival Sound Recordings (British Library)

Archival Sound Recordings provide free online access to spoken word, music and environmental sounds from the British Library Sound Archive. There are currently 3,900 hours of audio material made up of approximately 12,000 digital files. Images and transcripts are also available to enrich the content.

Current collections:

  • Accents and dialects
  • African Writers’ Club
  • Amphibians
  • Art and design interviews
  • Beethoven String Quartets
  • British wildlife recordings
  • David Rycroft Africa recordings
  • Ethnographic wax cylinders
  • Klaus Wachsmann Uganda recordings
  • Oral history of jazz in Britain
  • Records and record players
  • Scientists’ lives
  • Soundscapes
  • St Mary-le-Bow public debates

Archival Sound Recordings is an ongoing project and the second phase will build on work completed under the first phase, delivering a further tranche of rich online multimedia content. This will include traditional and classical music, oral history interviews, public talks by leading artists, playwrights and authors, recordings of new and experimental music, and images of commercial record catalogues.


Accessible using Athens username and password (‘log in via your home organisation’ then select Courtauld Institute of Art from the drop-down menu).


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