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Unlocking Our Sound Heritage


The Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project aims to preserve and provide access to as much as possible of the nation’s rare and unique sound recordings. It is a partnership led by the British Library, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which involves ten regional hubs across the UK. The Midlands Hub for the project is based at the University of Leicester and is preserving sound recordings from across the Midlands. They have commissioned the Participation Team to create sound resources for use in reminiscence work especially focussing on people with dementia.

Our mission

Our project aims to bring the medium of sound to the forefront of the heritage agenda. We plan to raise the profile of its power in reminiscence work, expand the range of communities who have access to its potential, involve diverse communities in our resource creation and design, explore meaningful new archive material and develop a legacy for use and replication nationwide.

Sounds Familiar

The resources have been developed in partnership with people living with dementia, their carers, group leaders and members of the community. The activities have being trialled, archive recordings have been reviewed and new recordings have been made. We have explored what works and how it makes people feel! The themes replicate those from our award-winning Memory Plus project; Seaside and holidays, Childhood, Working life, Food and health, The Great Outdoors and Entertainment.


Click on this link to take a look at the resources:

Click these links to see our Sounds Familiar toolkits:

Toolkit 1 – Using sound archives to create reminiscence materialToolkit 2 – Using Sound recordings for reminiscence sessions

Click the video below to watch a recording of the Sounds Familiar Sharing Event:


Simply Sounds

We have reached out to inspire community leaders from different cultures, traditions, ethnicities and faiths to help us reach their respective communities and create new sound recordings for our ‘Simply Sounds’ listening activities, find out more by clicking here

Want to get involved?

Please contact or if you would like us to get in touch with you.

Please note: our Fair Processing Notice for this project can be found by clicking here