Events and news to do with the UOSH project.

The UOSH Midlands team will be working from home due to the Coronavirus situation. You will still be able to contact us by email, but we will not be able to answer the phone. We will continue to post news about the project on this page.


May 2020 - we are still working from home and are processing collections from Worcestershire and Derbyshire, while starting on a new oral history collection from Coventry about car workers. At the turn of the year we created a small exhibition about sound recording in Leicestershire and this new video tells you about it. If you go to the 'Exhibition Links' page on this website you can follow links to resources mentioned in the exhibition.


April 2020 - we have worked from home throughout April and are continuing to catalogue the recordings we have available. Unfortunately, until we have access to our equipment again, we won't be able to digitise any more recordings.

We have bid au revoir to one of our cataloguers Ruth Maguire. Ruth has gone on maternity leave but will rejoin the project next year. We wish Ruth the very best for the coming months!

If you are curious about what we are doing during lockdown, have a look at our latest blog post.


March 2020 - although the celebration to thank our volunteers for their work on the project was disrupted by the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, we were delighted to welcome a couple of our volunteers to enjoy a chocolate train cake. The train cake was chosen as we have preserved a lot of recordings relating to transport, and because it was very chocolatey indeed!

Volunteer celebration

Volunteer celebration cake


February 2020 - with help from UOSH, students from the University's Museum Studies Dept. have created a number of sound tours and exhibitions for one of their modules. You can see some of these online here -

All the students should be congratulated on their work! Subjects covered varied from the first class of graduates at the University, almost 100 years ago, to issues of homesickness for current students. The image below shows the opening of the 'Class of '21' exhibition that featured the voice of a couple of the first students at the University.

Museum Studies display


January 2020 - we picked up new collections from the Library of Birmingham and Shropshire Archives, and welcomed new volunteers who are helping us catalogue oral histories about WW2 from Worcester.


December 2019 - we have finished the BBC Radio Leicester 'Platform' series. This has been catalogued in detail and is a wonderful collection of transport news from 1974 to 1989. Other collections recently finished include oral histories of Coventry car workers, folk music from around the country, and several educational series made by Radio Leicester in the 1970s.


November 2019 - we are now cataloguing the oral histories from Worcestershire and nearing the end of two large BBC Radio Leicester series. Our audio walk around the Walnut Street area of Leicester used sound clips to illustrate aspects of urban change.

Audio walk around Walnut Street, Leicester


October 2019 - we are cataloguing oral histories from Coventry and still digitising oral histories from Worcestershire. To celebrate UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on the 27th, a new blog post lists the University of Leicester's involvement with audio preservation over many years.


September 2019 - sad to say good bye to our Museums Studies students Feifei & Nidhi, but delighted at the work they have done over the summer, which you can read about on our blog. Currently digitising oral histories from Worcestershire and have collected recordings from Nottingham.


August 2019 - the Coventry Archives oral history collection has been digitised. This features some fascinating interviews about Coventry during World War Two, the car industry, and general life in Coventry. Among others, currently cataloguing 'In Perspective', BBC Radio Leicester's weekly current affairs programme from the 1970s.


July 2019 - we are currently processing collections from Derbyshire and Worcestershire, and digitising collections from Coventry. Also, a warm welcome to our new Rights Officer, Mandeep Kaur-Lakhan.


Saving Your Sounds: An Introduction to preserving and using sound collections.

This event was held on Tuesday 9th July 2019 from 10am–3.30pm. It was run by the Midlands Hub of the Unlocking Our Sound Archives project with support from the East Midlands Oral History Archive and the Oral History Society.


09.30-10.00         Tea/coffee/registration.

10.00-10.20         Introductions from Colin Hyde of the UOSH project. Updates from Helen Foster of EMOHA and Cynthia Brown of the OHS.

10.20-11.00         Why the UOSH project has been set up. What sound recordings exist in the region and why they are ‘at risk’? What will the project be doing?

11.00-11.45         The history and identification of recording formats with hands-on examples.

11.45-12.00         Tea/coffee break.

12.00-12.45         Preservation of formats. A guide to digitisation.

12.45-13.30         Lunch (provided).

13.30-14.15         Cataloguing your collections. Hints and tips.

14.15-14.30         Tea/coffee break.

14.30-15.15         Using the archives – ideas for what to do with your sound recordings. Learning and engagement.

15.15-15.30         Summing up/close with option of a look at the digitisation studio.

A photo showing the Save Your Sounds event


June 2019 - we have finished our first major collection. Digging Out the Past is about archaeology in Leicestershire & Rutland and you can read the blog post about it here.

May 2019 - currently digitising a collection of Sword Dance material from across the UK. Still cataloguing Digging Out the Past (archaeology) and Platform (transport).

April 2019 - our first encounter with mould! Richard has donned his protective face mask and moved into a well-ventilated area!

Photo of Richard Wheelband wearing protective mask for working with mouldy cassettes

March 2019 - highlight of the month is finding a room at the University full of working Revox reel to reel tape players, and others, that we have now moved into the UOSH digitisation room.

February 2019 - working on Digging Out the Past, a BBC Radio Leicester series about archaeology in Leicestershire & Rutland - and further afield - in the 1980s.

January 2019 - started work on the BBC Radio Leicester series 'Platform'. This is 200 programmes about transport and covers both local and national stories from the 1970s and 1980s.

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