Archivally Sound: oral history, digital storytelling and archiving sound

15 Oct 2013
Hull, UK

Archivally Sound: oral history, digital storytelling and archiving sound – an event for archivists and other cultural/heritage professionals.

The Film, Sound & Photography Section of the Archives and Records
Association [FSPS] is pleased to announce its AGM and training event, which will be taking place at Hull History Centre on Tuesday 15th October 2013.

Organised jointly by the FSPS and Hull History Centre, the AGM will feature presentations from Sita Brand - digital storyteller at Settle Stories, Stefan Ramsden - freelance oral historian and local representative of the Oral History Society, and Tom Ruane from The British Library’s Sound Archive. Martin Astell, Chair of the FSPS and sound archivist at Essex Record Office, will also be on hand to host a sound media identification session - so if you’ve some tapes, disks, and cassettes lurking in your repository that you’d like to know more about, then take a photograph and Martin may be able to identify it for you.

The event is aimed at archivists and other professionals in the cultural/heritage sectors interested in knowing more about the potential uses of sound archives and oral history, as well as to their management. The aim is to inspire as much as to educate, and archivists of all levels and experience should find something
rewarding from the programme.

Alongside the presentations, the FSPS will be holding its AGM, which includes a Q&A session for attendees to ask questions regarding the management of film, sound and photographic collections.

The Film, Sound & Photography Section is an active group of archivists, conservators and other specialists. We are seeking ARA members to join our committee at the AGM as our current Chair, Martin Astell, and other committee members will be stepping down.

Serving as a committee member can be very rewarding. Serving on a committee can help those undertaking ARA's Registration scheme to gain additional credits and make an effective contribution to the profession as a whole.

If you’d like more information about joining the Section’s committee then please contact Jim Ranahan (, Hon. Secretary of the FSPS.

The programme (TBC) for the event is as follows:

10.00 – Refreshments/Welcome
10.30 – Oral history/digital storytelling – Sita Brand, Settle Stories
11.30 - Oral history and the Oral History Society - Stefan Ramsden
12.00 – Lunch
13.00 – Archiving audio – Tom Ruane/Martin Astell
15.00 – Break
15.15 – Q&A
15.45 – AGM
16.15 – End

To keep the event free of charge, Max Communications Ltd have kindly provided sponsorship. Max will also be on hand during the AGM to offer their specialist advice to attendees.

Max have been providing digitisation and ancillary services to the archive sector for over 15 years, for more information please refer to their website:

Places for this event are limited, so if you’d like to attend please book directly