Clitheroe Sound Archive

The demise of the North West Sound Archive, in 2015, concerned many members of this Society - and the wider public. At the Committee meeting in December 2018, it was decided to try and do something about this, and we have! The recent increase in funds from our increased membership - including corporate memberships - and visitor attendance fees has enabled us to purchase all the necessary recording, file storage and playback equipment to set up our own Sound Archive. With this new initiative, we have been ably advised by Andrew Schofield. Many will recall that Andrew was the last Curator of The NW Sound Archive when based at Clitheroe Castle.

It is unlikely that we will be able to rival the amount of material that was amassed by NWSA. However, we will be able to continue that work - albeit based in and around Clitheroe. The stories which abound in the memories of local people, of personal experiences - past and present – can be captured for the information, and often entertainment, of those who follow us. Following the support from members at our May meeting for the principle of establishing a Clitheroe Sound Archive we now have assembled a team of five Interviewers. Andrew Scofield will be running an induction session during September, at a date yet to be agreed. Following this there will be Press Release inviting members of the public to have their stories recorded for posterity. These can be personal reminiscences, reflections on their life in Clitheroe, or simply their observations of a local event or event.

We are pleased that Sid Calderbank, our first Public Speaker of this year’s cycle of talks has agreed that we can record the whole of his presentation to us on ‘The Intangible Heritage of our Lancashire Dialect’ on 2nd September. This will be recorded by Andrew and will represent a flying start to what we hope will become a tangible record of the life and times of our town.

Details of how to sign up for one or other of these roles can be viewed on the Society’s website at: