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Will Prentice has a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was a staff member at the British Library Sound Archive 1999-2022, and from 2022 at the Phonogrammarchiv, focussing on audio preservation and digitisation. He is currently a Trustee of the EMI Archive Trust, and a member of the IASA Technical and Training & Education Committees.

Main research areas

Audio preservation strategy

Social contextualisation of early commercial sound recordings



The Safeguarding of the Audiovisual Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation strategy (IASA-TC 03) version 4 (IASA, 2017). Co-editor

Digital Preservation of Audio Content Chapter in:  Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, Discovery & Retrieval (Facet Publishing, 2016)

Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects (IASA-TC 04) 2nd Edition (IASA, 2009). Contributing author

Collateral Damage – The Archivist In: The Wire magazine (2012)

Before the Revolution (2002). CD Compilation and annotation of historical audio . Topic Records, London



Back to Basics: Looking after physical Audiovisual Items in your Collection. International Association of Music Libraries (IAML), Prague, Czech Republic, 2022

Surveying Sound Collections: A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Unfamiliar Materials. The National Archives (UK), 2022

Early Recordings as Social History in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Early Recordings: the Impacts of a Transformative Technology,Royal College of Music, 2021

The IASA Preservation Training Programme. International Association for Sound & Audiovisual Archives (IASA), Hilversum, Netherlands, 2019

“Probably as Famous as Caruso”: The Gramophone Company in The Caucasus & Central Asia. City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society, Malvern, UK, 2019

Developing and Retaining Skills in Sound Archives. Inforum, Prague, Czech Republic, 2018

Archiving Audio. JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support), London, UK, 2018

Looking After Our Sound Heritage. Archives & Records Association (ARA), Glasgow, UK, 2018

Training a Nation to Take Care of its Collections. IASA, Accra, Ghana, 2018

The Gramophone Company and its Recording Expeditions. Music of Georgia conference, London, UK, 2017

Challenges & opportunities in providing access to large digital audio collections. Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (DPASSH), Brighton, UK, 2017

Saving Our Sounds. Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), London, UK, 2017

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage. British & Irish Sound Archives (BISA), Edinburgh, UK, 2017

Retaining skills in sound archives. ARSC, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2017

Ruining Preservation & Preserving the Ruins. Birkbeck Media & Culture, London, UK, 2017

Training & Education Taskforce: Final Report. IASA, Berlin, Germany, 2017

Accessing Our Sounds. Connecting Scotland’s Sounds, Edinburgh, UK, 2017

Surveying the UK’s audio landscape. BISA, Belfast, UK, 2016

Planning for Digitisation. Connecting Scotland’s Sounds, Aberdeen, UK, 2016

A Survey of Surveys (panel discussion). IASA, Washington DC, USA, 2016

Save our Sounds. ARA, Edinburgh, UK, 2015

Building a UK National Preservation Network. IASA, Paris, France, 2015