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British Library Launches Sound Archive Project
Christian Eede , April 12th, 2017 14:59

Project aims to preserve almost half a million unique recordings threatened by physical degradation

The British Library has launched a sound archive project aimed at preserving almost half a million rare or unique recordings currently threatened by physical degradation or stored on now defunct formats.

Dubbed Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, the project aims to focus on protecting a range of musical and recorded output by various people within the UK, be it traditional music, radio broadcasts, literature readings or field recordings.

As The Vinyl Factory reports, the project will be carried out with the creation of 10 preservation centres acting as a network for protecting the recordings. A selection of the recordings will also be made available on a website dedicated to spreading the project's word which is due for completion in 2019.

This will all be carried out thanks to a National Lottery grant of £18.8 million. You can find out more about the project here.

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