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R4 Listening Project comes to Cathedral

BBC Wiltshire producers are recording conversations for Radio 4’s Listening Pr

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R4 Listening Project comes to Cathedral

Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 24th October 2017

BBC Wiltshire producers are recording conversations for Radio 4’s Listening Project at the Cathedral between Saturday 9 – Sunday 17 December 2017. Conversations will take place in the Listening Project’s purpose built caravan (pictured above), which will be parked outside our Bell Tower Tea Rooms. Those taking part in a recording can relax in the tea rooms whilst they wait their turn.

Emma Colman, BBC Wilts Listening Project producer said: “This is a golden opportunity to have the sort of conversations most of us would like to have with someone special before it is too late or the subject gets forgotten. We usually say to people who ask about the Listening project: If this was your last chance to have a conversation with someone, who would it be and what would you talk about? It’s also a unique opportunity to contribute to an oral archive of national significance. All conversation recordings will be held in the British Library, creating an insight for our children’s children and future generations into a life in our times.”


Listening project conversations have covered everything from living with Alzheimer’s to falling in love in the front seat of a Reliant Robin. It could be someone with a fantastic story that you’d love them to share with the world or something that you’ve always wanted to discuss with someone close to you. Some conversations have simply celebrated happy moments, or reflected on memories of a dearly departed friend.

Click here to visit the Listening Project online. 



Emma has supplied step-by-step guidelines for people wishing to take part, please click below for more information.

File Listening Project - What to Expect (for contributors).docx

She will be facilitating or enabling the conversations to go ahead with a small team and is at pains to point out that if you have any concerns or questions before or during recording, you should feel free to reach out. The BBC Wilts crew are there to help, and will do whatever they can to ensure those taking part walk away with a recording they are really happy with.


If you have any other queries regarding the Listening Project contact Emma Colman, BBC Wiltshire on Emma.Colman@bbc.co.ukFor any other enquiries contact Marie Thomas at Salisbury Cathedral m.thomas@salcath.co.uk 01722 555148