Scotland’s Sounds was an exciting multi-partner initiative that unlocked the rich collections of archived sound recordings which exist across Scotland, making them accessible for people to engage with and enjoy.
We were approached by the National Library of Scotland to run a project in four areas of Scotland, and provide a series of workshops that would enable community engagement with local heritage through archived sound, as part of the Scotland’s Sounds project.
In our workshops, participants listened to archive sounds and stories, and created new podcasts, mixing old recordings with newly created sound.
We worked in schools, community centres and village halls, and with projects supporting people in many circumstances from homeless shelters to refugee projects. In every case the stories of the past provoked and inspired new debates, discussions and recordings.
Participants explored subjects as broad as the meaning of home; superstition and the supernatural; the state of our welfare system; what it means to belong to a community; women’s rights and whether change and progress is always for the best.
The wealth of podcasts created during the project were distributed and played on community radio stations all across Scotland.