Radio 4 wants your discs!

We are making a Radio 4 programme on records made in booths and at home on gramophone recorders.

Do you remember those recording booths where you’d sit and talk and cut your very own disc?  They were often found in seaside resorts, department stores and tourist attractions.  You’d pop in a coin and record anything you like for about a minute; during the war they were sent between soldiers and their loved ones and until the seventies were used to self-record songs.

Did you or a family member make one or receive one by mail?  Or perhaps you found one in a charity shop?  The discs themselves are only about 5-6 inches in diameter, made from a range of materials (from aluminium to cardboard and laquer or acetate) and perhaps in their original sleeves – which also functioned as envelopes.

If you have a voice disc, whether it’s a treasured part of your family history or lost in the attic – we would love to hear from you, especially if you know the story behind your record.

Contact Hannah.Loy@bbc.co.uk if you would like more details or you can fill in and send the following questionnaire:

NAME:

CONTACT NUMBER:

CONTACT EMAIL:

LOCATION DISC WAS RECORDED (if known):

DATE/YEAR DISC WAS RECORDED (if known):

WHO IS ON THE DISC (if known):

CONTENT OF DISC:

FURTHER BACKGROUND DETAILS (if known): 

CURRENT LOCATION (you/the disc): 

IS THE DISC DIGITISED?

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