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JARVIS AT THE BBC ARCHIVES

Tom Assistant Producer | 16:00 UK time, Sunday, 17 April 2011

This week Jarvis took the Sunday Service to the BBC vinyl archives to explore the treasures hidden deep in the vaults. Along for the journey of discovery was Johnny Trunk, founder of Trunk Records, who joined Jarvis in rummaging through the hallowed shelves and enthusing over the gems on offer. Jonny challenged the archives to come up with those records that get a vinyl collector's heart racing and, of course, it came up trumps.

Along side the rare vinyl are hidden treasures that wouldn't be out of place in a museum, for instance this wax cylinder signed from the King of Italy to Thomas Edison, the inventor of the gramophone.

From one rare format to another and the 16 inch vinyl. These were used to archive BBC shows in the early days.

But the rarest of all is this, the world's smallest record, it plays one verse of God Save The King and was once owned by the Queen. A custom made miniature gramophone was built for the sole purpose of playing this record and currently resides in Windsor Castle.

You can listen again to the Sunday Service from the BBC Archives on the I Player for 7 days after broadcast.

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