North West Sound Archive

NWSA logoThe North West Sound Archive, based at Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire, was established in 1979 to “record, collect and preserve sound recordings of the life, character, history and traditions of North West England”.

Currently the Archive holds over 140,000 recordings relating to all aspects of North West life. The Archive preserves oral history recordings, local radio programmes, sounds of the region, music and dialect poetry – in fact anything that can be recorded.

The Archive undertakes its own recording programme as well as assisting groups who wish to make their own recordings. It offers a safe storage environment for the preservation of the region’s sound collections.

Clitheroe CastleAndrew Schofield, the Sound Archive Officer, said “North West Sound Archive is pleased to offer its full support to this new and important project. No recording work has been carried out in the region with people living with and affected by HIV and this project will go a long way in filling one of the gaps in the region’s oral collections. It is important that these memories are recorded now before they are lost for posterity. The resultant recordings will also help to address and break down the stigma associated with HIV in the region.”

The North West Sound Archive is providing professional advice to the Now + Then project in oral testimony recording techniques and methodology as well as guidance on the various copyright and legal issues involved in undertaking an oral testimony project. Project volunteers will be trained by the North West Sound Archive staff to use digital recording equipment and carry out the oral testimony interviews.

The oral testimonies collected through the project will be permanently stored at the North West Sound Archive and will be available for present and future generations to access.

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