Session Eleven – 21st April 2016 – The Norfolk Record Office

imageChange Minds returned for the start of our third term, back at The Norfolk Record Office in Norwich.

The morning started with an introduction to the Norfolk Sound Archive led by Jonathan Draper.

Participants had a tour of the sound archive based at the record office, looking at some of the sound archive equipment, the listening room and going into the strong room to see the numerous tapes that are available to listen to.

 

 

 

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After a well earned tea break, we looked at some of the different types of recording equipment and then listened to some extracts from the archive and as a group discussed which recordings worked better.  We were amazed to hear one of the very early sound recordings from 1860, made by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville using his own invention, the phonautograph.  We could definitely hear how sound recording has advanced in the modern time, now even being able to record sound on our mobile phone!

imageNear to the end of the session, we had a guest speaker, Mike Harding a professional photographer who came in to present a slide show of some of his work from similar projects to Change Minds and offer the opportunity to participants to also have their photograph taken if they so wish.

Participants were asked to think about what questions they would have liked to have asked the person in their case study, ready for the next session.

looking forward to seeing everyone on 5th May for our next session learning about the Sound Archive.