Sound recordings archive

I just discovered the British Library’s Sound Recordings archive and spent a couple of happy hours listening to their sound clips. They have a large collection of old voice recordings – try going to the Accents and Dialects section and putting the county of your ancestors in it, and see what comes up! They have other categories too – the oral history section and a large music collection (old country songs and that sort of thing). Definitely worth a visit to make your ancestors’ lives come alive!


  1. Hallo Liz,

    Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please visit my blog for your badge and acceptance rules. :-)

    Kind regards,

    Christine (rootsresearcher at So That’s Where I Get It From)

  2. Greetings, Liz ~
    Your name popped up today on my facebook page “29 mutual friends” and I recognize your name from my 5-6 year foray into mixed media. Came to your other blog hoping to refresh my memory & was excited to learn about this one!

    My father’s sister, now 94, started my interest in genealogy and there’s been no turning back ever since. I think I need to separate the growing body of work from my “art & life” so, thanks for the inspiration! Glad I came, off to browse 😀

    – vicki xo

  3. Thanks for this post. I’m looking forward to having a listen to Yorkshire and Northumberland acceents.

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