There are many opportunities for volunteering with the UOSH project

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) is digitising, cataloguing, and making accessible sound recordings from across the UK. These sound recordings cover a variety of subjects such as: oral history, music, wildlife and local radio – with recordings spanning the 20th century. Volunteers will play a vital role in contributing to the project, supporting the UOSH Midlands Hub in their work to preserve the sounds of the Midlands.

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We are currently putting together a variety of volunteering opportunities and will post more details on this page in the near future. These are the main ways you can volunteer with us:

Digitising the recordings - these will come in a variety of formats such as reel to reel tape, cassette, minidisc etc. and they all have to be conserved. Learn how to work with the different formats and the best methods of digitising them for posterity.

Cataloguing the recordings - to enable sound recordings to be discovered they need to be catalogued, with detailed descriptions of the recordings. You will gain experience in enhancing the sound recording catalogues to improve their discoverability through the British Library’s online catalogue. Supporting the Hub team, tasks will include: transcribing recordings, writing content summaries and undertaking research to contextualise the recording.

Using the recordings - there are many ways in which sound collections can be used. We are particularly interested in its potential for reminiscence work, and will be looking for volunteers to work with community groups to explore the use of sound further.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact the team at uosh@le.ac.uk or 0116 2297359


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