I had the privilege of visiting the British Library Sound Archives a little while ago and filmed this “VR” piece about an old (and loved) audio format – Sony MiniDisc. In this piece Gosha Shtasel talks about the format and what The British Library is doing to preserve these recordings.
Filmed in “VR180” – watch in a VR headset for full immersion.
The following is a video I recorded back in 2014, which is an interview with Will Prentice, Head of Technical Services at the British Library Sound Archive, talking about phonographic cylinders from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
I thought it was worth unearthing and placing here for anyone intrigued by this antique recording technology.
For a more immersive experience many MuseumWise short films are produced as 360º or 180º 3D video. Here’s an example showing a small handful of some of my personal highlights from The British Museum. If you have a VR headset (or something like Google Cardboard) then watch it in 3D for the full effect and see how big those Lamassu really are!
If you’re watching on desktop, use your W,A,S,D keys to look around. On mobile – simply move your device around.
N.B. I mention 10% of the museum’s collections are on display. It is in fact just 1% (some 80,000 out of eight million objects).
The Deal: You need to have a valid train ticket to qualify and print off a relevant voucher on the Days Out Guide web site first. “Valid” tickets mean your train tickets are current, i.e. one day tickets only qualify for that day, return train tickets are valid on and between the dates of return travel (Fri., Sat., Sun. for example).
Also some venues can have excluded dates (e.g. Tower of London), check their entries on the Days Out Guide web site first.
Storage The British Library has a free-to-use cloakroom as well as digital-lock lockers (each must be cleared each day). The cloakroom is closed on Sundays. How to remember which locker you used? Take a photo of it with your phone.
Luggage is restricted to “airline carry on” size, specifically 56 (h) x 45 (w) x 25 (d) cm, aka: 22 (h) x 17.7 (w) x 9.8 (d) inches. There is a sizing cage at the front entrance to check if needed (though probably too late by then)!
People have been known to leave luggage at the BL and then head into the city, picking it up later on the way back to King’s Cross station – but that would be naughty (and occupy spaces needed by genuine BL readers) – the reason for the new (2011) size restrictions in the first place.
BL Members’ Tip Heading to the Members’ Room? Don’t fancy the stairs? Take the lift. Walk along the upper ground floor towards the back and into the Coffee Shop area. See that unassuming lift door? Take it up to Floor 2 and it will deposit you right inside the Members’ Room just a couple of steps away from the bar…
Oh, and as a BL Member you can get a three (rather than one) year Reader Pass and unlimited access (for you and a friend) to all exhibitions!