20th Century Audio

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Adam Melling
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20th Century Audio

Postby Adam Melling » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:27 pm

I'm new here so a very warm hello to you all.

I'd like to share this with you if I may.

Twenty years ago I was about to start my third year at secondary school at the age of 13.
I was interested in the Sciences and had decided to study separate GCSE's (I'm English!) in Physics, Chemistry and Biology which meant that I had to make a choice about the humanity subjects;

History or Geography my young man, but not both.

I chose Geography - this was mainly because I preferred the teacher and I thought volcanoes and earthquakes were cool.

I had already completed two years of study in History during which time I had lightly covered many of the major events in world history up until the end of the 19th Century.

But as the years passed I always felt like I had missed out on a vital part of my education.

I started to develop an interest in 20th century history and as an active user of YouTube I noticed that people were uploading recordings of historical audio and video making them available to the wider audience.
I found that it was easy to rip the audio from these YouTube videos and so I started building my own archive.

I decided to make a timeline of speeches and audio in chronological order to improve my historical knowledge starting from the very first audio recordings up to the latest major historical events. I felt that hearing the history from the direct speech of the history makers was an important asset for my education.

After amassing over 1000 audio recordings it occurred to me that I should be sharing this with others of a similar interest to my own.
I decided to make a non-profit website to list these audio recordings in chronological order.
The only problem was that I did not have the foggiest idea how to make a website.
Thankfully I found a software package called Dreamweaver which was able to do a lot of the work for me.

The result was my first very basic website http://www.historyinspeech.co.uk

It is just one page with a very long list of audio recordings which can be listened to, or downloaded by clicking on the links.

It is a work in progress so I will be continually adding to the audio.

I am very happy to become a member of this forum and I hope you have a look at my website and gain some benefit from it.

Please note, currently I have not finished thoroughly researching the dates of each audio recording so there may be a small margin of error in the dates posted.



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