BISA Conference 2015

BISA confirms the programme of speakers and events for this year's gathering hosted by BBC Archives. On Friday we are in the stunning location of the Council Chamber in Broadcasting House, London, and on Saturday we meet in West London at the BBC Archive Centre, Perivale, home to the extensive vaults, services and technical facilities.  Council Chamber, BBC Broadcasting House

BISA 2015 Programme

Friday 5th June
Council Chamber, BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

0930      Registration , Tea/Coffee

1000      Welcome – Simon Rooks, Convenor, BISA

1010      Keynote Address: Simon Elmes, Radio Documentarist, Creative Consultant and Former Creative Director, BBC Radio Documentaries: more than 40 years using and contributing to sound archives through making radio.

1050      Laura Smyth, Library and Archives Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, English Folk Dance and Song Society: The voice of the people : traditional music collections in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

1115      Tea/Coffee

1140      Will Prentice, Audio Engineer and Conservation Specialist, British Library: The 'Save Our Sounds' Programme

1210      John Dell, Audio Co-ordinator, Media Access, BBC Archives: Adventures in Authentication:  Rediscovering early Edison cylinders at the BBC

1240      Lunch (not provided)

1400      Joan Murphy and Jonathan Grimes – Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland: CMC Line-Up: A Linked Data platform for the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland’s collections

1430      Richard Ranft, Head of Sound and Vision, British Library: Uniting Europe's sound archives

1500      Tea/Coffee

1530      Sam Lee, English folk singer, musician, Mercury Prize nominee and founder of the Song Collectors Collective, a project which involves the general public in recording and archiving singers.   

1600      BISA AGM and Elections Information

1630      Close

Saturday 6th June
BBC Archive Centre, Perivale Industrial Park, Horsenden Lane South, Middlesex, UB6 7RW.

1030      Tour of the BBC’s archive storage and technical facilities housing BBC audio, commercial recordings, film and VT , Sheet Music and photographs.

1200      Seminar/Workshop TBC

1300      Close.

Please complete the online registration form. Fees are payable on the day.

BISA Members: £35/€45 (Registration fee is payable on the day and you can become a registered member of BISA for free on entry),
Non-Members: £45/€60 (if you prefer not to take up free membership)
Students/Unwaged: £20/€25 (proof of status required)


With 1000s of rooms in London and many daily deals and good transport to the venues, there are many options.
Booking sites such as and  will show daily deals.

Broadcasting House’s postcode is W1A 1AA, and useful walking distance areas are Soho, Euston, Fitzrovia. If you are staying further away, being on the Victoria, Bakerloo or Central Line tube will be handy.
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Local hotels worth considering include:

St George’s Hotel (Portland Place, moments from Broadcasting House)
Grange Langham Court (2 minutes’ walk)
Travelodge – Central London Euston and Premier Inn – London Euston (both around 25-30 minutes’ walk of a short bus/tube ride)