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The nation is captured in conversation as over 350 recordings from The Listening Project are made available online by the British Library

“Over 350 intimate conversations recorded by people across the UK have become part of history this week, as they are made available in full for the first time on the British Library’s Sounds website. Conversations detailing people’s thoughts and experiences of everything from race and ethnicity, to the Iraq War, adoption and even plastic surgery, offer a unique picture of lives today which will be preserved indefinitely for future generations.

These 301 hours of dialogue are the product of The Listening Project, an ambitious partnership between the British Library, BBC Radio 4 and BBC local and national radio stations which launched last year. The Listening Project, which launches its fourth series today, asks people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation on a subject of their choice. Extracts from the conversations are then broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (and on BBClocal and national radio) and the full recordings are archived as part of the British Library’s Oral History collections, and from today, are made available on the British Library’s Sounds website for researchers around the world.” (viaBritish Library.)

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