Our sound archive includes local broadcast material, oral history recordings and local music.
Use our online catalogue NROCAT's sound archive search.
Once you've found the catalogue entry for a recording, the access conditions field will show if a copy of the recording is available and what format it's in.
Contact us if there's no copy available.
You can order copies on cassette and CD and then play them in our listening room, which is part of the searchroom at The Archive Centre.
You can also play electronic audio files in the listening room and in some cases online.
This depends on agreements made between us and the rights holders in the original recordings. Check the access conditions field on NROCAT for details.
Contact us if:
We've copied the original recordings in our care to safeguard them and made them available for non-commercial research, study and private enjoyment.
If you'd like to use the recordings for any other purpose, contact us for advice.
Sound recordings, particularly oral history interviews, may contain personal and sensitive information.
In addition, all contributors in a sound recording have various rights which we acknowledge and protect.
A failure to use the recordings in our care with respect constitutes a breach of the trust we have built up with various rights holders.
Contact us if you have or know of sound recordings which you think have historical importance to Norfolk.
We're interested in one-off recordings as well as collections, such as community archive oral history projects.
Institutions such as the British Library Sound Archive already look after and make available Norfolk-related sounds.
We aim to create a directory of such material, as well as collecting original sound recordings or copies of them.
This will allow people to listen to them in one place and will ensure their preservation for future generations.
We can provide support and advice to new and existing projects in many ways, including:
Oral history recording can provide important and accessible historical sources for the future, as well as preserving dialects, accents and the use of old words.
Contact us if you'd like to work with us.