Spoken Record: communities and their sound archives

18 May 2022
Perth, Scotland / online

Scottish Records Association Annual Conference

Spoken Record: communities and their sound archives

Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, Perth and online via Zoom

As part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 the conference explores how oral history and personal testimony are used by research projects to record the experiences of people who are connected by similarities in their working lives, geographical location, or other ‘communities of interest’. Recordings from such projects have special significance for these communities, but also extend beyond them and can be re-used in different ways. Presentations will be made by historians and others who use oral history in their research and by archivists, curators and other staff who make sound archives available to researchers.

The presentations will be delivered at the Soutar Theatre, the A K Bell Library, Perth, and simultaneously online via Zoom. The conference is expected to run (approximately) between 10:30 and 16:30 UK time. At the venue, refreshments will be served in the morning and in the afternoon and a buffet lunch is optional.


Professor Margaret Bennett (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) - Perthshire Shuttle-makers and the Ordie Shuttle Mill, Luncarty.

Dr Valentina Bold (Crichton Trust) - ‘Up the Middle Road’: Crichton stories of resilience and recovery.

Terry Brotherstone (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Hugo Manson (independent scholar) - The Making of an Oral Archive: how the Aberdeen University / British Library Lives in the [UK North Sea] Oil Industry Collection was created.

Caroline Milligan (European Ethnological Research Centre) and others An Exploration of the Methodology and Practice of the Regional Ethnology of Scotland Project (RESP).

Victoria Peters (University of Strathclyde) - The Scottish Oral History Centre Archive at the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Saqib Razzaq (Colourful Heritage Project) - The Colourful Heritage Project: preserving the history of Scotland’s South Asians and Muslims.

Louise Scollay (Edinburgh University) - The School of Scottish Studies Archives: access and re-use.

Audrey Wilson and Taylor Webb (Scottish Council on Archives) - Voices - Our Stories Matter: bridging the gap between archives and community heritage.