Tyne and Wear Archives - Documentation Volunteer, UOSH (Unlocking Our Sound Heritage)

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a major UK wide project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by the British Library, which will help save the nation's sounds and open them up to everyone. The project aims to digitally preserve almost 500,000 endangered sound recordings from across the UK and make 100,000 available online, transforming the visibility of sound archive collections in the process. These rare and unique recordings are threatened by physical degradation or are stored on formats that are becoming obsolete. It is believed that we have approximately 15 years in which to save many of the nation’s sound collections through digitisation, before they become unreadable and are effectively lost forever.


Acting as the Hub for the North East and Yorkshire, TWAM will digitise material from our collection and the collections of partner organisations over the next three years. Recordings will be digitised onsite at Discovery Museum, using specialist equipment and shared with the British Library to form a collection of national recordings made publicly available online.

Documentation volunteers will work alongside the Documentation Officer and Project Manager to extract relevant information from project catalogue spreadsheets and enter it into our collections management system, EMu. This will help us to ensure that information generated by the project is captured on our system.


[Available from 15th April – 1 post, Mondays, 10 – 2]


Only 1 volunteer is needed for this role, you must be available on Mondays to be considered.


Qualifications Required

  • General induction Must be attended
  • Read Volunteer policy and volunteer agreement Must be yes

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon