BISA Conference 2017

The 2017 British & Irish Sound Archives (BISA) annual conference will be held on 17 & 18 November in Edinburgh.

For over 10 years BISA has been meeting to discuss the challenges and wonders of archiving sound recordings, and we’d love to see you join us. Archivists, collectors and anyone interested in the long-term care of sound will be welcomed by our co-hosts, the National Library of Scotland and the School of Scottish Studies Archives.


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School of Scottish Studies Archives

The full programme is below.

Abstracts of presentations
Travel and accommodation advice
Lunch options

Friday, 17th November: all day
Venue: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 1EW

09.30 Registration, tea + coffee

10.15 Welcome by National Library of Scotland & School of Scottish Studies Archives

10.30 Almut Boehme & Alistair Bell (National Library of Scotland): The Dean-Myatt Collection: from acquisition to online
11.00 Lynnsey Weissenberger (Irish Traditional Music Archive): The Linked Irish Traditional Music (LITMUS) Project at the Irish Traditional Music Archive
11.30 Amy McDonald (Connecting Scotland’s Sounds) & Morag Cockburn (Scottish Borders Archives): Working together to hear Scotland’s heritage

12.00 Lunch break and posters session (lunch is not provided but there are plenty of eating places nearby)

13.30 Will Prentice (The British Library): Unlocking Our Sound Heritage
14.00  Shanice Martin (The Arkive): Access All Eras of Beggars Group’s Living Legacy: How The Arkive Creatively Engages with Their Fans, Music Lovers, Public and How They Preserve Their Past
14.30 Charlie McCann  (BBC Scotland): Digital to Digital - Mass Digitisation of BBC Scotland’s CD collection

15.00 Tea + coffee

15.30 Fiona Mackenzie (National Trust for Scotland): Cleachd i no Caill i- Use it or Lose it

16.00 BISA AGM

16.45 Close

17.00-18.00 Optional guided tour of St Cecilia's Music Museum (Niddry St, Cowgate, EH1 1NQ) followed by a reception with a glass of wine courtesy of Edinburgh University Collections.

19.30 - Informal meal (self-paid) and entertainment (self-made) at Canon's Gait (232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ)
Saturday, 18th November: morning only

09.30-10.30 Visit to School of Scottish Studies Archives, Edinburgh EH8 9LD

[Walk to National Library of Scotland]
10.45 Tea + coffee

11.15 Ewan McVicar (freelance writer, researcher and publisher): Mining the Archives
11.45 Round table discussion: how the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project can benefit your archive

12.30 Close