Noting the Tradition – Volunteers Needed!

The National Piping Centre has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake an oral history project called “Noting The Tradition”. This exciting new project will create an archive of piping lore and will be available to the public to listen and enjoy for the future. Interviews are to be conducted with people who have been involved in piping at all levels throughoutScotlandin the past 50 years, to gather their stories, thoughts and reflections on their life through piping.

The project is looking to recruit volunteers from all over Scotland to carry out at least one interview. Volunteers will receive full training in conducting interviews as well as methods and techniques for analysis and reporting of interviews. They will also be trained in handling digital recording equipment and formatting the files for upload to the Noting the Tradition website.

The National Piping Centre Principal, Roddy MacLeod, said: “This is an exciting project that will add to the heritage and historical resources available to researchers and members of the public interested in the history of piping. It also offers the opportunity to become involved in the creation of an important and lasting resource telling the story of Scotland’s iconic instrument, the Great Highland Bagpipe. We hope that you will be inspired to join us in this vital heritage work.”

The project is being managed by James Beaton at The National Piping Centre, and he can be contacted by telephone on 0141 353 0220, or by email on