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Annual Conference 2022

Spoken Record: communities and their sound archives

The 2022 annual conference of the Scottish Records Association took place on 18 May 2022 online and at the Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, Perth. It explored how personal testimony and sound archives 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 were made by historians and others who use recordings in their research, and by archivists, curators and other staff who make sound archives available to researchers.


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

Dr Valentina Bold (Crichton Trust)

‘Up the Middle Road’: Crichton stories of resilience and recovery

Professor Margaret Bennett (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Perthshire Shuttle-makers and the Ordie Shuttle Mill, Luncarty

Dr Saqib Razzaq (Colourful Heritage Project)

‘The Colourful Heritage Project: preserving the history of Scotland’s South Asians and Muslims

Audrey Wilson and Taylor Webb (Scottish Council on Archives)

Voices - Our Stories Matter: bridging the gap between archives and community heritage

Victoria Peters (University of Strathclyde)

The Scottish Oral History Centre Archive at the University of Strathclyde

Louise Scollay (University of Edinburgh)

The School of Scottish Studies Archives: access and re-use

Caroline Milligan and Lesley Bryson (European Ethnological Research Centre)

An Exploration of the Methodology and Practice of the Regional Ethnology of Scotland Project (RESP)

Versions of some of the presentations will appear in the SRA Journal, Scottish Archives,

but abstracts can be read here.

Annual General Meeting 2021

The AGM took place online on Friday 26 November 2021 at 12.30pm.

Past Conferences