Volunteer for the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project

There are many opportunities for volunteer with the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage 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 based at the University of Leicester in their work to preserve the sounds of the Midlands.

You can volunteer with us to: 

Digitise the recordings

The sound recordings come in a variety of formats such as reel-to-reel tape, cassette, mini disc 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.

Catalogue 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
  • undertaking research to contextualise the recording

Use 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@leicester.ac.uk or 0116 229 7359.