British Library Sound Recordings

British Library Sounds presents 50,000 recordings and their associated documentation from the Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.

The selection freely available online comes from the 3.5 million sounds held in the British Library. Users can search and browse the entire collection with the Sound and Moving Image Catalogue. In order to facilitate the research the collection is organised into several topics: Accents & dialects; Arts, Literature & performance; Classical music; Environment & nature; Jazz & popular music; Oral history; Sound recording history; World & traditional music; Sound maps.

  • Item Type


  • Spatial Coverage

    Western Europe

  • Time Coverage

    1945 Onwards

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