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Sounds of lost Britain to be saved in database

A Swedish museum curator is to spend two years collecting distinctive British sounds before they disappear.

Torsten Nilsson will arrive in Britain in September to record noises such as a Bentley's engine and different English kettles boiling.

The result of the project, which is funded by the EU, will be a database of sounds which would be free to use by anyone.

Mr Nilsson told BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon that many people were helping to record the sounds and they were still "looking for assistance."

  • 17 Mar 2014
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