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Features

Features are a new addition to the London Sound Survey, consisting of full-screen photos with the addition of bits of writing and sound recordings of atmospheres, events and interviews from London and further afield in England.

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The Tidal Thames

One of the most popular pages here is the London Waterways sound map featuring the capital's canals and lesser rivers. Now the focus is on the tidal stretch of the Thames itself, from Teddington to the sea. The new series includes the sounds of the river and the voices of some of those who live and work on it. If you've got a connection with the Thames then I'd love to hear from you. Drop me a line via the contact page.

29 January 2016

Sounds of the Musical Museum

The Musical Museum in Brentford has one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments, as well as a beautiful Wurlitzer organ. They kindly agreed to demonstrate some of the instruments one weekday afternoon and tell me more about them. This feature showcases five of them, ordered according to when they were made: the Musical Box, the Orchestra Box, the Orchestrion, the Violin Machine, and the Reproducing Piano. Together they span a century's worth of development and invention.

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25 April 2016

Time for action: Cambridge Scooter Club rally

Cambridge Scooter Club marked their 11th St George’s Day rally with a turnout of around 300 riders who met at Cambridge United football ground. East Anglia is fertile ground for petrol-related enthusiasms, from stock cars and bangers to well-attended car cruises. After meeting up, the scooter rally parades around Cambridge, a brief challenge to the city’s predominant image of an unsmiling academic riding a bicycle with a wicker basket stuck on the front.

13 January 2016

The Sirens of Hampton

One of the last functioning air raid sirens in or near London is at the waterworks in Hampton, where it waits just in case there’s ever a chlorine gas leakage and people have to be evacuated. Each Tuesday morning the siren is tested, so I made my way to Hurst Park on the opposite side of the Thames to record this iconic sound.

06 January 2016

How quiet is Britain's quietest railway station?

Swing into 2016 with a trip to Shippea Hill station set in the flat, wintery bleakness of the Cambridgeshire Fens. Newspaper reports revealed that Shippea Hill had the fewest passengers of anywhere on the rail network, with a mere 22 souls getting on and off there in the previous year. But just how quiet is Britain’s quietest railway station?

05 January 2016

Fire-bells in the City

Plans for the sounding of a full-sized air raid siren over the City of London were scuppered by complaints from killjoys, so a hand-cranked siren starts a procession of vintage fire engines through the City of London, ringing their bells as they go. The event marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing raid known as the ‘Second Great Fire of London’.