From the roar of Luftwaffe air raids on London to the industrious hush of the British Museum Reading Room, the BBC’s sound effects archive contains a sonic history of the past century.
Now 16,000 clips are being released free of charge to the public as part of a project aimed at helping dementia patients to reminisce about the past.
The treasure trove of sounds has been compiled by BBC staff since the 1940s as a resource for radio dramas, documentaries and comedy shows.
Some were specially created by the sound effects department, including a clip of four batter puddings being thrown, which is thought to have appeared in The Goon Show.
Others were recorded during historic, never-to-be-repeated moments. These include a 1940 air raid on [ . . . ]
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