Martin Astell

Address: Essex Record Office,
Wharf Road,

Telephone: 03330 132 466


Role within the OHS:

Regional Network Representative

Current professional role:

Essex Record Office Manager


Essex Sound and Video Archive


Having gained pre-course experience at Oxfordshire Record Office and the National Gallery, I received my M.A. in Archives and Records Management from University College London in 1997. I have worked as an Archivist at Westminster College, Oxford and the Essex Record Office.

In 2002 I took on the role of Sound Archivist at the Essex Record Office, in charge of the Essex Sound and Video Archive. In 2005 I was awarded the Society of Archivists Single Module Certificate in Audio-Visual Archives, and in 2008 was lucky enough to complete a two-month internship at the British Library Sound Archive.

In 2009 I edited and published a CD called How to Speak Essex: 20th Century Voices from the Essex Sound and Video Archive.

I have been Chairman and am currently Hon. Treasurer of the Archives and Records Association’s Film, Sound and Photography Section. I attend meetings of the East of England Sound Archives Steering Group and British and Irish Sound Archives. I am also an Oral History Society Regional Network Representative.

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