Known as Patrick Saul, he was the founder of the British Institute of Recorded Sound, which later became the British Library Sound Archive. His own favourite recording in the archive he created was of the mating call of the haddock.
Patrick Saul was created OBE in 1971. 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.’
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.
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…
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.
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), actorOral 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 historyWilfrid 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.