Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a major national project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by the British Library. It aims to digitally preserve almost 500,000 endangered sound recordings from across the UK and make 100,000 available online, transforming the visibility of sound archive collections in the process.
The University of Leicester is the regional hub for the Midlands and is one of the project’s ten hubs, which are based in Aberystwyth, Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Glasgow, Leicester, London, Manchester, Newcastle, and Norwich. Over three years, we will work with partners across the region to ensure that 5,000 sound heritage items are digitally preserved and accessible to new audiences. The digitised material will then be used as part of innovative learning and outreach activities.
The role of Hub Rights Officer is to conduct data protection, sensitivity review and rights clearance activities for the project. This will include conducting data protection and sensitivity reviews, researching rights ownership and sending permission requests to relevant rights holders of selected materials. The role will involve liaising with curators, cataloguers and other members of the project team to ensure sensitivity review and rights clearance processes follow established procedure and are recorded to a high standard for audit purposes.