North West Sound Archive, based at Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire, records, collects and preserves sound recordings of the life, character, history and traditions of North West England.

Currently the Archive holds over 140,000 recordings relating to all aspects of north west life.  We preserve oral history recordings, local radio programmes, sounds of the region, music and dialect poetry - in fact anything that can be recorded. 

The Sound Archive undertakes it's own recording programme as well as assisting groups who wish to make their own recordings. It offers a safe storage environment for the preservation of the region's sound collections.  You can listen to the recordings at the sound Archive in Clitheroe or arrange to borrow them at home.




North West Sound Archive regularly receives donations of recordings on various formats and although we are slowly managing to copy them we still need to maintain our equipment. As time passes it becomes increasingly hard to obtain spares for `old' equipment such as reel-to-reel recorders. We are hoping that people in the north west have various recorders that they no longer use and are willing to donate to North West Sound Archive. We are particularly looking for reel-to-reel, Betamax and DAT machines but any format is of use. It doesn't matter if they currently work or not – there's still parts in them that can be used.

If you can help please do get in touch – we would be very grateful. We are willing to collect from within the region.


Mother Knows Best

Mother always knew best when it came to curing the various ailments of her family! We are currently looking to record such memories of home remedies and cures. Can you help?  See News & Events page for details


Recording of the Month

Each month we will feature a different short recording from the Archive for you to listen to. It introduces a new feature for the website where a you can listen to a number of extracts from the collection. See Soundclips page 

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