Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Architecture Sound Archive at the British Library

The British Library holds an online sound archive of over 5000 selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural environment. Amongst that collection they also hold over a 1000 recordings documenting the lives of British architects and those in associated professions. Prominent interviewees include Sir Hugh Casson, Ralph Erskine, Sir Denys Lasdun, Mary Lutyens, Sir Philip Powell and Colin St. John Wilson.

The interviews were carried out for the National Life Stories project Architects' Lives, which began in 1989 and continues today. All the recordings are accessible via the British Library's catalogue and available online. Check here for the index of interviewees.