Finding out what venues need.
Since January 2020, the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have been causing local music venues across the UK to close or relocate at an unprecedented rate. From folk clubs to club nights, grassroots music venues and initiatives are deeply embedded in community life and are home to rich local and personal memories. However, with their doors closed, records, artifacts, and other materials are at risk of being lost or damaged.
In 2021, Our Place, a University of York and Swansea University project asked venues across the UK to give their input. We asked venues questions that helped assess the scale of the problem and ask what measures can be put in place to equip UK community music venues with knowledge, tools, and techniques to safeguard their memories.
You can see the results of our questionnaire here. These responses guided our priorities for the DIY preservation kit.