John Peel’s Record Collection to Be Turned Into Online Virtual Museum

If you want to get into some deep levels of esoteric domain (and you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t), then here’s some good news for you.  The estate of the late John Peel, the legendary Radio 1 DJ who passed away at the age of 65 back in 2004 from a heart attack, has for the first time made available his entire record collection as an online museum of sorts.  Peel’s 25k plus records will be exhibited online by his widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, with help from the BBC and The Arts Council.  Peel’s collection will be made part of a new experimental digital service called The Space and will be available on the web, via mobile devices, and as an on-demand service from Freeview HD from May to October. According to Frank Prendergast of Eye Film and Television, the “idea is to digitally recreate John’s home studio and record collection, which users will be able to interact with and contribute to, while viewing Peel’s personal notes, archive performances and new filmed interviews with musicians.”


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