John Peel’s record collection is to be made into an interactive online museum…
Peel’s legendary collection, which contains approximately 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs, will become part of ”ËThe Space’, a new experimental digital service conceived and jointly funded by the Arts Council and the BBC.
The Arts Council will provide initial funding while the BBC will provide support and development advice. Further funding will be sought in the future to complete the project and make every record available online. Arts Council England is committing up to ÃÂ£3.5m, while the BBC is contributing to the partnership by developing the technological solutions and providing ongoing support.
Tom Barker, Director of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, said: “It is the first step in creating an interactive online museum with access to the entire collection, one of the most important archives in modern music history.”
Frank Prendergast of Eye Film And Television added: “The idea is to digitally recreate John’s home studio and record collection, which users will be able to interact with and contribute to, while viewing Peel’s personal notes, archive performances and new filmed interviews with musicians.”
Sheila Ravenscroft, John Peel’s wife and Patron of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts also commented, stating: “We’re very happy that we’ve finally found a way to make John’s amazing collection available to his fans, as he would have wanted. This project is only the beginning of something very exciting.”
The Space will initially run from May to October 2012 across various digital media including PCs and smart-phones, it will also be available as a ”Ëred button’ on-demand service via Freeview HD.