Richard’s Dream

Richard Ranft is Head of Sound and Vision at the British Library. He oversees the department that builds, curates and preserves the UK’s national collections of music, sound and audiovisual media, making the collections and expertise accessible to researchers from all disciplines, and engaging the public with enriching and enjoyable cultural experiences.

Having joined the British Library in 1984, Richard worked for many years building up its huge collections of natural and environmental sounds, then managed the audio technical department. Before all that, he got to know the sounds of the natural world by studying zoology at London University.

Richard got involved with Europeana as a board member of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) which represents the audiovisual sector across research archives, libraries, broadcasting organisations and museum collections for the Europeana Foundation. One of the IASA’s missions is to improve access to Europe’s sound and moving image content via Europeana.