Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a UK-wide project that will help save the nation’s sounds and open them up to everyone.

The Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project – part of the Save our Sounds programme – is a partnership project led by the British Library, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, that involves ten regional hubs across the UK. The project aims to preserve and provide access to as much as possible of the nation's rare and unique sound recordings. Professional consensus is that we have approximately 15 years in which to save many of our sound collections before they become unreadable and are effectively lost.

The Midlands Hub for the project is based at the University of Leicester and is covering Birmingham, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire. Over the course of the project we will add information about the collections from across the region we work with.

Meet the Midlands Hub team


Links and more information

Blog Posts


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Richard Wheelband, digitisation engineer at the UOSH Midlands Hub, University of Leicester

Richard Wheelband, the project's Audio Preservation Engineer, at the Digital Audio Workstation.


Contact the team at uosh@le.ac.uk or 0116 2297359


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