Social historians want to save your small talk for posterity in a snapshot of the nation to be aired before the news on BBC radio.
Last week the British Library announced it is to work with local BBC radio stations to set up The Listening Project, a Radio 4 programme that will create an oral survey of the nation by putting together thousands of recorded conversations from across Britain. Selected daily excerpts will be broadcast on Radio 4 before news bulletins from the end of this month and an omnibus edition will be aired at the weekends.
In some ways Rob Perks, lead curator of oral history at the British Library, is carrying on the movement’s work. It will be his job to curate and archive the BBC’s Listening Project.