Will Prentice at the The British Library
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Call to save the British Library's sound archive

A campaign has begun to save a collection of historic recordings which include the voices of James Joyce and Florence Nightingale.

The British Library houses the nation's sound archive, which includes more than 6.5 million recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment, from the 1880s to the present day.

The library said the sounds were under threat as they were physically degrading and more people were needed to transfer them to digital formats.

BBC London's Gareth Furby spoke to Will Prentice, from the British Library.

  • 26 Jan 2015
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