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Individuals and organisations holding sound recordings in or about Scotland are now working together as part of the Scotland's Sounds network.

Organisations involved include museums, libraries and archives.

The overarching aim of the network is to improve the care of and the access to Scotland's heritage recorded sounds.

The National Library of Scotland has been co-ordinating the development of the collaborative Scotland's Sounds network since 2009.


Shared responsibility and vision

The Scotland's Sounds stakeholder network looks to strengthen ties between organisations caring for sound collections and share responsibility for their sustainable access for the benefit of the public. It also aims to proactively increase engagement with Scotland's sound heritage.

The strategic vision states:

'Through increasing visibility to sound collections we can help in raising standards and sharing best practice to encourage effective care and promote widespread accessibility while fostering a supportive public and professional network.'

Read more in the Strategic vision for the Scottish Sound Archive (PDF) (8 pages; 498 KB).


Stakeholder meetings

Stakeholders in Scotland's Sounds meet three times a year as part of an open forum. National Library of Scotland Sound Curator Alistair Bell facilitates these stakeholder network meetings.

If you are interested in being on the mailing list, please email Alistair Bell at


Pilot online catalogue

The stakeholder network regularly initiates new projects.

A pilot project is ongoing to create a web portal capable of hosting catalogue data for sound collections across Scotland. Eight organisations are taking part in Phase 1, with further fundraising required to progress to Phase 2.


Connecting Scotland's Sounds project

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The Connecting Scotland's Sounds project, supported by Esmee Fairbairn, aims to champion the preservation and sharing of Scotland's sound heritage. The project's training programme for sound archivists and engagement activities for a range of audiences run from summer 2016 to summer 2017.

Training events will be ticketed: see the Scotland's Sounds page on Eventbrite for details of upcoming events.


Please email Engagement and Learning Co-ordinator Amy McDonald at if you would like to be involved or kept up-to-date with project news.


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