Next event

British and Irish Sound Archives are pleased to announce that its annual event will take place on Friday, 18 November and Saturday, 19 November 2016 at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra, Northern Ireland.


The provisional programme and advice on travel and hotels are given below.

Abstracts of presentations

Friday, 18th November: all day

09.30 Registration, tea/coffee

10.15 Welcome

10.30 Peter Curson & Clifford Harkness (Ulster Folk and Transport Museum): audio highlights in Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

11.00 Paul Loughran and Ciaran Murray (Near Media Co-op): the Near Archive, the first digital audio archive of community radio content in Ireland.

11.30 Piaras Hoban, ITMA Digital Projects Officer: Preserving Playability: using audiovisual resources to enhance access to the Irish Traditional Music Archive's (ITMA) printed & manuscript music collections.

12.10 Peter Curson & Clifford Harkness (Ulster Folk and Transport Museum): BBCNI's partnership with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

12.50 Lunch

13.45  Christian Poske (British Library and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London): The Bake Collection of the British Library Sound Archive: Global Perspectives on Historical Sound Recordings from South Asia

14.25 Martin Astell (Senior Archivist, Sound and Video, Essex Record Office): ‘You Are Hear’ – an HLF-funded project to preserve and provide access (in some interesting ways) to archive sound recordings

15.05 Tea

15.25 Will Prentice (The British Library): Surveying the UK’s audio landscape

16.05 BISA AGM

17.00 Close


Saturday, 19th November: morning only (provisional programme)

To be be held in the silent cinema exhibit building.

09.30 tea + coffee

09.45 Workshop: Packaging audio files and metadata for preservation and access (Will Prentice, British Library)

10.45 round table discussion (topic tbc)

11.45 presentation or tour about the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum audio archives

12.30 Close

Delegates may like to follow the morning's session with a visit to the open air museum



Please complete the online registration form.

Registration fees are payable on the day:

Standard: £40/€45
Students/Unwaged: £15/€20 (proof of status required).


Premier Inn Belfast Titanic Quarter

2A Queens Road, Belfast,  BT3 9DT

This hotel is close to the Belfast to Bangor Railway line Titanic Quarter Station.

Holiday Inn Express - Queen's Quarter

106 University St, Belfast BT7 1HP

The closest train station would be at Botanic.

Travel information

How to get to Belfast:

You’ll find the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on the main Belfast to Bangor Road (A2), near Holywood. We’re about 7 miles, or 15 minutes, east of Belfast City Centre, and there’s easy access by road, rail and bus. George Best Belfast City Airport is also nearby. More details:

For those arriving by train, there is a halt at ‘Cultra’, after exiting the train turn right and follow the path that brings you out in the museum grounds. However, there is still a fifteen minute walk from the station on the Transport side of the site, uphill to the Manor building on the Folk side where the event is being held. Our security staff will be happy to provide directions at the gate (pictured). The event is being held in the manor building.