Contributor Newsletter 2

Submissions to the database

Many thanks to those of you who were busy entering data over Easter! We’re still rather a long way from hitting our weekly target though (ideally, we want more than 100 a week, and at the moment we’re getting only about half of that), so please – if you have the time, roll your sleeves up and get as many entries in as you can.


We’ve been taking advice about how to make the project website more engaging for first-time visitors – in particular, we were concerned that it doesn’t make it immediately apparent what the project is about. The advice we were given was to make a very short introductory video – the briefer the better, and ideally not much longer than 1 minute. (We tested this principle on a few YouTube videos, and indeed it is quite sound – attention does start to wander after about a minute!)

So we rose to the challenge and wrote a very brief script which Jim Hoyland, the OU Music Department’s technician, very kindly filmed for us earlier this week. He’s currently working on an initial rough edit. We hope to have the finished product up on the website before very long – we’ll keep you posted!

Digital Humanities seminar

The presentation about the project given by David, Helen and Simon at the OU’s Digital Humanities seminar series, which we mentioned in the last newsletter, is now available at

Bishopsgate Institute Research Day

On 19 May, we held a research day at the Bishopsgate Institute in London focusing on The Great Diary Project. The team (comprised of RCM, OU and LED volunteers) managed to make their way through approximately half of the diaries that are held in the collection. The intention is to plan another visit in the near future to try and complete the work. We’ll be asking for volunteers again so if you missed this one and would like to attend, please contact Simon (

Wales LED Study Day

On 23 May, we held a study day at the Open University in Wales in Cardiff. The detailed programme can still be found on the LED website at We were keen to publicise the project amongst the Welsh universities and related institutions, in the hope of uncovering collections of relevant material as well as people or organisations who might be potential collaborators, and we were really pleased with the range of attendees, who came from several universities and other major institutions including the National Library of Wales and the National Museum of Wales. The day concluded with a very useful discussion about possible future directions, and we’re planning to follow up specific collections that may well hold potential for LED – the National Museum of Wales and the South Wales Miners’ Library were particularly keen for us to visit and investigate their oral history collections.

Article about LED in Viewfinder

Simon has written an article about the project entitled ‘Listening Experience’, which was published in the British Universities Film & Video Council’s magazine, Viewfinder ( It’s currently only available in hard copy but we’ll send a link out as soon as it’s published online.

Up-coming events

Trevor will be giving a paper on ‘The military and provincial music in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries’ at the RMA and Leeds University Centre for English Music Study Day ‘Amateur Music-Making in the British Provinces’ at University of Leeds, School of Music, Wednesday 18 June 2014. Registration is open until 30 May. A full programme and registration information are available on the website:

David, Ivan and Simon will be talking about the project at the Cheltenham Music Festival on 11 July – go to for more details.

Would you like to contribute to our Blog?

We are inviting proposals from our volunteers to write a blog article that will be published on our website. The article can be about anything that’s connected to the project; you could perhaps highlight our readers to a source that you’re working on for LED, or consider a particular issue or concept that’s concerned with listening to music – the scope is really quite wide! Have a read of the current blog entries on our homepage to get a feel of the sort of thing that we’re writing about.
If you would like to offer a piece for consideration, please send your proposal(s) to: Articles should be no longer than 800 words (but shorter articles are perfectly acceptable) and they can include images or links to videos (assuming there's no issue with copyright etc.). Members of the project team will review the final articles and reserve the right to edit them before they are posted on the site.

Helen and Simon