Exhibition Links

This page features links for the Special Collections/UOSH exhibition on the history of sound recording in Leicester. This can be seen in the basement of the University library from the start of 2020.

Early sound recordings

The British Library Sounds website features some of the earliest sound recordings. You can listen to them here - https://sounds.bl.uk/Oral-history/Early-spoken-word-recordings

The Leicester Tape Club

Mark Vernon has created radio programmes from the archives of the Leicester Tape Club. Have a listen to them and look at memorabilia here - http://meagreresource.com/the-leicester-tape-recording-club/

BBC Radio Leicester

The first broadcast from BBC Radio Leicester can be heard on the Radio Leicester section of the Leicester Oral History Trail. The brief call sign/signature tune was composed by Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. You can listen to this here - https://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/community/sounds/10_radio%20leicester.mp3

Read about the University of Leicester’s long history of collaboration with Radio Leicester - https://le.ac.uk/news/2017/november/radio-leicester-and-the-university-of-leicester-2013-50-years-of-collaboration2019

The Leicester Oral History Archive

This started in the early 1980s and recorded hundreds of oral histories with local people. You can hear most of these at Special Collections online - http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/digital/collection/p15407coll1

The Mantle Oral History project

Based in Coalville, this project produced more than 200 recordings as well as a number of books. A video of Bardon village made at the time of Mantle's book 'Marking Time: Voices from Bardon' is available on YouTube - http://youtu.be/I1sSWlVWpLc

The East Midlands Oral History Archive

A partnership between the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council & Leicestershire County Council, the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) digitised and catalogued all the recordings created up to the early 2000s. It also took in the reel to reel tape archive of Radio Leicester. These are some of the recordings available:

Migration Stories - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3Rnsga7PXctI2p1Y9i0hcgSfL5xOkQ3n

Memories of World War One - https://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/community/resources/ww1/index.html

A Post War History of Leicester 1945-62 - https://leicester.omeka.net/exhibits/show/postwar/intro

Dialect and Oral History - https://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/community/dialect/home.html

Leicester Oral History Trail - https://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/community/audiotrail.html

Wildlife Recordings

Phil Rudkin's recording of a robin's 'seee' alarm call - https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/robin-erithacus-rubecula-alarm-call-seee

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

The Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project is a partnership project led by the British Library, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We are based in Special Collections and you can listen to some of the sound clips we have produced via the blog page of our website - https://www2.le.ac.uk/library/find/specialcollections/unlocking-our-sound-heritage/blog-posts

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