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Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

The Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project will save and make available to the public almost half a million rare and unique recordings. These recordings are threatened by physical degradation or stored on formats that can no longer be accessed.


Unlocking Our Sound Heritage: Evacuees in St Levan

by Cara Powell, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage volunteer

Cara Powell is completing her BA in History at the University of the West of England. The Unlocking Our Sound Heritage team were lucky enough to have her as a volunteer in 2019-20. Cara worked on a…


Listen to 40 years of art & artists from the Arnolfini archive

by David, Sam and Philippa, from the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project

The first collection held by Bristol Archives that Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) digitised was from Arnolfini, Bristol’s contemporary arts centre.

40 years of art…


Bristol’s VE Day celebrations brought to life

On Friday 8 May, we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day – the end of the Second World War in Europe.

On Tuesday 8 May 1945, celebrations took place across the country and Bristol was no exception. Two different audio-visual archives from Bristol …


Archives advice: Preserving audio from a CD

by Samuel Bates, Audio Digitisation Engineer

Sometimes, the problem you expect is not the problem you end up with.

On the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project, we are preserving thousands of at-risk audio items. We have cassettes and open-re…