Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Archival Sound Recordings

In our recent online conference we enlisted the help of Ginevra House from the Archival Sound Recordings. They provide free online access to music, spoken word and environmental sounds from the British Library Sound Archive.

Visit the Archival Sound Recordings blog read more about the project.

It is available for free to licensed UK further and higher education institutions. Ginevra and her team put togehter a learning object and answered questions in a forum we set up for delegates. I was impressed with this JISC service and was the first time I had heard of it. I have copied some of the information from that conference session in this blog post to let you know more of the excellent resources in this service.

to subscribe to this service:

ASR licenses are free to UK Higher and Further education institutions. If your institution is not signed up, but you would like it to be, please ask your library to contact us on and request a license. Once the signed license has been returned to us, we pass that institution's details on to Athens who add it to the list of users.

Anyone from that institution can then log in using their Athens username and password, from anywhere in the UK.

The resource will also be available through the Federated Access Management's Shibboleth service. Institutions that switch over from Athens to Shibboleth should not experience any disruption to their access.


We put together a list of associated resources for this session, which may help inpsire some lesson plans.

· The Archival Sound Recordings service:

· Experience the British Library online at:

· The British Library’s new interactive Annual Report and Accounts 2006/07 :

· Help the British Library conserve the world's knowledge. Adopt a Book.

You can find a great selection of British Library resources for further education here

19th Century Newspapers:

Newsfilm Online:

Online Historical Population Reports:

18th Century Parlimentary Papers:

JISC Digitisation programme : Spanning centuries, disciplines and sources, the JISC series of pioneering digitisation projects is unlocking a wealth of unique, hard-to-access material from the 16th century to the present day, creating a critical mass of rich, permanent digital resources for the benefit of the widest user base possible within UK further and higher education.

Reusable learning objects:

Other sources of audio clips

· PALATINE music links :

· MY audio bookmarks :

The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. or

Ohrer related audio web info'

· Mp3, WMA, OGG, WAV, what are these :

broadcast yourself:


Download superb audio tools (including audacity & EAC):

Free learning object authoring tools (with which to) to utilise those audio clips

pedagogy planning
This pedagogic planner helps you decide how to apply the technology to your teachning and learning.

I have created a list of using video clips in education which may help provide inspiration for using audio clips:

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