Preserving the Sound Archive

Preserving the Sound Archive

An interview with Julia Weaver, BBC Sound Archivist

Julia Weaver, who preserves sound recordings for the BBC, tells us about everything from wax cylinders to digital files.


What's in the BBC Sound Archive?

We have a vast sound archive here at the BBC and when you consider that we've been collecting items since the early 1900s, which actually predates the television archive, it contains so many little nuggets, ranging from music such as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles through to Oasis, dramas such as 'The Archers', historical events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, and things like Richard Burton's recording of 'Under Milk Wood'. So it's a really exciting place to work.

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