Sounding out the past


How do we know what the past sounded like, even though there wasn’t any recording equipment or other such audio gadgetry back in the 19th century and beyond?

How can we be sure about our perception of past sounds? Well, there might not be a single answer to these questions, but one academic, Dr Marta Michalska, is looking at what historical Warsaw might have sounded like…

She joins host John Beauchamp in the studio in this episode.

Interesting links:

- Unseen Soundwalks

- Marta’s Instagram page where you can follow what she’s up to

- Centre of Community Archives

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