Patrick Saul

Anthony Patrick Hodgins Saul OBE (15 October 1913, Dover – 9 May 1999, London) was an English sound archivist.

Known as Patrick Saul,[1] he was the founder of the British Institute of Recorded Sound,[2] which later became the British Library Sound Archive. His own favourite recording[1] in the archive he created was of the mating call of the haddock.[3]

Patrick Saul was created OBE in 1971.[1] When he retired in 1978, Lord Boyle of Handsworth, who was Financial Secretary to the Treasury when the Archive received government funding in the early 1960s, described Patrick Saul's career as one of ‘quite exceptional modesty and humility on the one side and ruthless determination on the other.’[1]

He did not have any children and his estate was left to his South American cleaner, who sold his extensive collection of LPs and 78s to Leslie Laine of Revolutions Records in Worthing, West Sussex.


  1. ^ a b c d "Patrick Saul (1913–1999)" (PDF). Playback, the bulletin of the British Library Sound Archive; p. 6. Spring 2000. ISSN 0952-2360. One afternoon in 1930 a young music-lover went into the London gramophone shop, Cranbourn Street, run by Mr Wilfrid Van Wyck and Mr W. Rimington, and asked for Dohnányi’s Violin Sonata in the arrangement by Lionel Tertis. To his amazement he was told that the record was ‘out of print’; it had been deleted. So he walked on to the British Museum determined to hear the recording at least, even if he couldn’t buy it. But he was told that there were no gramophone records at all at the British Museum…
  2. ^ Crispin Jewitt (19 July 1999). "Patrick Saul: A life spent preserving sound". The Guardian. He faced an uphill struggle, public authorities were sceptical and it was not until 1955 that sufficient money had been raised to finance premises in Russell Square, leased by the British Museum trustees. Sir Adrian Boult and Dame Myra Hess were among the eminent musicians to help what was then the British Institute Of Recorded Sound, and EMI and Decca provided their new recordings.
  3. ^ British Library Sound Archive (26 January 2007). "What does the mating call of a Haddock sound like?". News release for wildlife recordings.
British Library Sound Archive

The British Library Sound Archive (formerly the British Institute of Recorded Sound; also known as the National Sound Archive (NSA)) in London, England is among the largest collections of recorded sound in the world, including music, spoken word and ambient recordings.

It holds more than six million recordings, including over a million discs and 200,000 tapes. These include commercial record releases, chiefly from the UK, but with some from overseas, radio broadcasts (many from the BBC Sound Archive) and privately made recordings.

J.P. "Paddy" Saul

Captain J.P. "Paddy" Saul or Jonathan Patrick Saul (15 March 1895 – 22 June 1968) was a noted Irish aviator and seaman.

List of people from Dover

Dover is a town and seaport in Kent, England. The following is a list of those people who were born and/or have lived extensively in Dover.

Jeffrey Archer (born 1940), MP, novelist and convicted felon

Frederick Arnold (1899–1980), cricketer and British Army officer

James Barber (1923–2007), cookbook author and host of CBC's The Urban Peasant

Tammy Beaumont (born 1991), England cricketer

Charlotte Bellamy (born 1973), TV actress

Edward Betts (1815–1872), civil engineer and contractor

Lord Byron (1788–1824), poet

Alan Clayson (born 1951), musician

David Elleray (born 1954), FA football referee

Wally Hammond (1903–1965), cricketer

Topper Headon (born 1955), drummer

Rob Henderson (born 1972), rugby union player

White Kennett (1660–1728), Anglican Bishop of Peterborough and antiquarian

Jim Leverton (born 1946), rock musician

John Lloyd (born 1951), comedy writer and TV producer

Rhys Lloyd (born 1982), American football player

E. J. Lowe (1950–2014), philosopher and academic

Miriam Margolyes (born 1941), actress (Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and The Spanish Infanta in Blackadder)

Sammy Moore (born 1987), football player

Howard Mowll (1890–1958), Anglican Archbishop of Sydney and Primate of Australia

Andrea Newman (born 1938), author and television screenwriter

Cuthbert Ottaway (1850–1879), first captain of the England football team

Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth (1757–1833), naval commander

Frank Rutley (1842–1904), geologist

Patrick Saul (1913–1999), sound archivist

Henry Hawley Smart (1833–1893), army officer and prolific novelist

Joss Stone (born 1987), soul and R and B singer/songwriter, and occasional actress

Neil Stuke (born 1966), actor

John Russell Taylor (born 1935), critic and author

Carl Thompson (1981/2–2015), heaviest man in the United Kingdom

Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke (1690–1764), politician and Lord Chancellor

Shane Taylor (born 1974), actor

Oral History Society

The Oral History Society promotes the collection, preservation and use of recorded memories of the past.

As well as offering practical advice and support, the Society aims to raise standards in oral history practices across a range of activities and disciplines.

Through an annual conference, other meetings, a web site and the Oral History journal the Society encourages individuals to share ideas, experience and good practice.

The Society also provides a voice for oral historians advising and collaborating with national organisations and research councils on oral history

Wilfrid Van Wyck

Wilfrid Van Wyck (16 November 1904 – 13 October 1983, in Woking, Surrey) was a British classical music artists impresario and manager through his agency, Wilfrid Van Wyck Ltd, based in London. He was the second president of the European Association of Artist Managers.

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