I am pleased to share with you this awesome online legacy from Scotland.
For anyone interested on stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information of Scotland, you'll find out and awesome collection of over 26,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards.
As stated on it's official site ,the collaborative project Tobar an Dualchais has been set up to preserve, digitise, catalogue and make available online several thousand hours of Gaelic and Scots recordings. This website contains a wealth of material such as folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories and other information. The material has been collected from all over Scotland and beyond from the 1930s onwards.
The recordings come from the School of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh), BBC Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland's Canna Collection.
Please note that not all material from the School of Scottish Studies Archives is available on the website.
Examples from these collections include
- Stories recorded by John Lorne Campbell on wax cylinders in 1937
- Folklore collected all over Scotland by Calum Maclean in the 1950s
- Scots songs recorded by Hamish Henderson from travelling people in the 1960s
- Conversations recorded on Radio nan Gàidheal
Certainly it is always rewarding to discover sites like Tobar an Dualchais which not only preserve rich oral heritage but spread it widely, making it available for educational and personal use for future generations.