The Listening Project is a partnership between BBC Radio 4, BBC local and national radio stations, and the British Library.
Capturing the nation in conversation
Since 2012 we have been collecting intimate conversations between friends or relatives, to build a unique picture of our lives today. We have collected over a thousand so far, and most will be broadcast across BBC radio, while all are archived by the British Library, preserving them for future generations.
BBC radio producers have been gathering conversations from across the UK, covering everything from living with Alzheimer’s to falling in love in the front seat of a Reliant Robin. Listen here to a selection from The Listening Project to hear the sort of conversations other people have had.
We continue to invite people to come and have their conversations recorded. Are you tempted? Or perhaps you know someone with a fantastic story that you’d love them to share with the world. There may be something that you’ve always wanted to discuss with someone close to you. Or maybe you’d just like to celebrate happy moments in your life, or reflect on memories of a dearly departed friend. What you talk about is completely up to you. This project is about creating space for you and a loved one to have the conversation you always meant to have.
By taking part you’ll also have the chance to be part of history – with your conversation archived in the British Library’s permanent audio archive.
The Listening Project was inspired by StoryCorps, an initiative set up in the United States. Their mission is “to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives”. The conversations are stored at the Library of Congress.