From the first invention of sound recording stage performers have gone into studios to record their songs, first on cylinders and then the flat shellac disc that played on wind-up gramophones. Another favourite way of hearing the music was by way of piano rolls or, for those with the ability to play an instrument by buying sheet music. The world would move on from the 78 rpm recordings to the long-playing and 45 rpm and then to tape and eventually CD. Now we live in a world of downloads.
The Audio Archive consists of all the above mentioned forms of recorded sound in their original formats as well as more modern re-issues. The aim is to make this vast archive available for research.