BISA 2018 conference: Call for Papers

Call for papers - deadline: 7 September 2018

The annual British & Irish Sound Archives (BISA) conference will take place this year at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth from 16-17 November. We warmly invite proposals for presentations on any aspect of audio archiving.

We particularly welcome proposals addressing issues of common interest, such as caring for sound collections, digitising collections, and long term storage, from private collections to institutional archives.

Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words (with a title, and your full name and institution) to

Deadline: 7 September 2018

The 2018 BISA conference will be preceded by a training day on Thursday 15th November also held at the National Library of Wales. The training will be delivered by the British Library's Will Prentice, as part of the HLF-funded Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project.

Ever wondered how to handle a wax cylinder? Curious to know the difference between acetate and vinyl discs, and why this matters to an archive? This practical one-day introduction to archiving sound recordings will give you the tools to responsibly handle and care for a sound collection, and to begin making plans for its long-term survival. It will cover all common (and not so common) formats from the last 100+ years, practical guidelines around archival do’ and don’ts for audio, and some tips for planning.

BISA formed in 2006 as a forum to celebrate and share knowledge on the care and promotion of sound collections throughout the British Isles. Our annual conference is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about sound heritage to share skills, enthusiasm, special interests and experience. We hope to see you in Wales!