An hour from BBC Radio 4 Archive Hour: Saving the Sounds of History. “The BBC Sound Archive, one of the most important collections in the world, began almost by accident one day in the 1930s when Marie Slocombe, a temporary secretary, was told to clear out some old records. The first batch included recordings by George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. Slocombe held on to them and spent the rest of her career developing the collection, from the great and the good to the experiences of ordinary people.”
Slocombe: “First, a pilot on the wing of a burning plane in mid-air…” Next week’s BBC Archive Hour is The Sound of America: The Story of NPR.
via Rich Halten.