John Peel's record collection to be made into online museum

Legendary DJ's collection to be part of Arts Council and BBC-backed interactive project

John Peel's record collection to be made into online museum

Photo: PA

John Peel's record collection is to be made into an interactive online museum.

Peel's collection, which contains 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs, will become part of The Space, a new experimental digital service organised and 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.

Tom Barker, Director, 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 run from May to October across various platforms including PCs and smartphones, while it will also be available as a red button on-demand service via Freeview HD.

Arts Council England is committing up to £3.5m, while the BBC is contributing to the partnership by developing the technological solutions and providing ongoing support.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Midweek chart update: Jamie T on course for Number One position
David Bowie teases album artwork for 'Nothing Has Changed'
NME readers vote Arctic Monkeys best headliner at this year's festivals
Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
Metallica's Lars Ulrich 'immensely inspired' by U2 iTunes giveaway
Aphex Twin says he believes in the Illuminati and that September 11 was an 'inside job'
Johnny Marr says he makes 'outside music' concept to combat 'weedy, mopey shit'
BBC Four to show Foo Fighters documentary 'Sonic Highways'
Paramore's Hayley Williams accuses One Direction of copying New Found Glory
Kiss' Gene Simmons says that no 'iconic' new artists have emerged since 1988
Prince takes part in Facebook fan Q&A and only answers one question
Slipknot reveal plan to burn camel dung at Knotfest to give festival its own unique smell
Wu-Tang Clan to release new album 'A Better Tomorrow' by November 28
Pharrell's 'Happy' is the UK's best selling single of 2014 so far
Malcolm Young's family confirm AC/DC member is suffering from dementia
Tricky says he wouldn't work with 'arrogant' Damon Albarn again
New Björk album to be co-produced by Arca
U2 have finished '70 per cent' of their next album
Rancid announce release of new album '…Honor Is All We Know'
Radio DJ 'Dr' Fox arrested over alleged historical sexual assaults
Jimmy Page says Led Zeppelin reunion is not possible, but plans to start own, career-spanning band
Karen Gillan and Paul 'Pee-Wee Herman' Reubens star in TV On The Radio's...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today