The Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project wants to make people working in heritage organisations feel more confident when caring for and providing access to the audio in their collections. Ideally we’d like everybody working in a gallery, library, archive or museum in the North West to know what the first steps are once you’ve plucked up the courage to open that box of tapes.


So far we have produced three zine guides on how to digitise audio cassettes, how to rip audio CDs and how to catalogue sound archives.

Quiz time!

Test your audio format knowledge and digitisation quality control skills with these quick, fun quizzes.

Blogs describing some sound heritage processes:

Preparing the Manchester Studies oral history collection for digitisation

The Manchester Studies oral history collection

Transforming sound archives into a film presentation for our LGBTQ+ Mixtape event


Transferring the Tameside Oral History Project: Here To Stay minidiscs

From disc to digital: MiniDisc transfer

Advice during lockdown on oral history in the home

Conducting Oral History Interviews with family

Further resources:

Two free Open University courses including interactive modules on early revolutions in sound recording:

Recording Music and Sound

Revolutions in Recording Music and Sound

From the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA):

The Safeguarding of the Audiovisual Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy


Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects


Handling and Storage of Audio and Video Carriers


IASA-TC 06 Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings

Ethical Principles for Sound and Audiovisual Archives