The nation’s sound collections are under threat, both from physical degradation and as the means of playing them disappear from production.
“The Library’s own collections are made up of over 40 formats, from wax cylinders, to cassette players, to reel-to-reel and digital minidiscs. The equipment to play them is no longer being produced, and will become harder and more expensive to replace and repair. Lacquer discs, cassette tapes and other formats are all facing decay.
“This is urgent – the archival consensus is that that we have 15 years in which to save our sound collections before they become unreadable and are effectively lost.