The British Library has been working with range of partners as part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project, bringing together heritage and health practitioners, artists and therapists, to work with different users to explore the potential of sound as a powerful wellbeing tool. The organisations have been using the rich content from its sound archives to develop new programmes and resources that inspire creativity, stimulate memory and enhance wellbeing. Sounds that draw on nature including birdsong, music and poetry, or coastal life, have been used to engage and support individuals with various needs. From improving mental health and supporting people recovering from brain injuries, to inspiring new resources for people living with dementia and their carers.
This paper will aim to share some of the finding and lessons learned, taken from a number of partners and case studies, with a focus on a selection of the organisations who took part, including Care Visions, The Brain Charity, and Free Space Project. Other national partners included Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum who worked with Recovery Connections and Northumbria NHS Healthcare Trust, Norfolk Record Offices who worked with mental health charity the Restoration Trust amongst others. The presentation would feature some of the ways in which the sessions were developed, the types of resources produced and some of the practical ways in which sound- can be used as digital tool for therapy as well as resource for collective listening.