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1. What is FARNE?


FARNE stands for Folk Archive Resource North East, and is a collection of resources about Northumbrian music. Music manuscripts, sound recordings, songs and photographs have been collected together from museums across North East England and made available on the FARNE web site. To help you use this, every item has explanatory text with it. There is also alot of background information. For more information about the project, go to About FARNE






2. How is FARNE funded?


FARNE has been funded by the New Opportunities Fund, as part of their 'Digitise' programme. FARNE is one of 150 projects to have been financed by this scheme. The other projects can be accessed from the portal EnrichUK






3. Who runs the FARNE Project?


The FARNE remit was to include music from the old Northern Arts boundaries of Northumbria, which is a larger area than Northumbria is traditionally thought to encompass. FARNE includes material from as far north as the Borders, as far west as Cumberland, and as far south as Teeside. While alot of content comes from the central area of Tyne and Wear, we have tried to get as broad a spread of material as possible, so that many different areas within this region are represented.






4. Which geographic area does FARNE include the music of?


The FARNE remit was to include music from the old Northern Arts boundaries of Northumbria, which is a larger area than Northumbria is traditionally thought to encompass. FARNE includes material from as far north as the Borders, as far west as Cumberland, and as far south as Teeside. While alot of content comes from the central area of Tyne and Wear, we have tried to get as broad a spread of material as possible, so that many different areas within this region are represented.






5. How do I use the archive?


There are a number of different ways to experience the material in the archive

Search
Choose ‘Search the Archive’ and enter your criteria. You may know what you’re looking for or you may not. Take advantage of a range of searches to enter the archive.


Learn
You can use our learning packages to learn more about the importance of the items held in FARNE


Browse
Browse through the collections at your own pace from the earliest manuscripts to 20th century sound recordings.


Themes
Chose this option to navigate through prepared routes designed to highlight areas of particular interest in the collection.


Listen
An easy way to experience the sound in the archive. Click to listen to a selection of sound recordings from FARNE.


For more tips on searching see our Search Tips in the FARNE archive.






6. How were the items digitised?


The FARNE Project has created an online digital archive which includes a variety of material, from manuscripts and photographs to sound recordings. The variety of items in the archive has meant that we have digitised material in various different ways.

Image
Many items, such as song sheets and photographs were scanned using a high quality flatbed scanner, which was relatively quick and simple. Others however were extremely old and fragile and material such as manuscript tune books had to be handled with care. Items such as this were photographed using a specialist camera with a scanner back. The digital items were then edited using imaging software to ensure the images remained as true to the original item as possible.

Sound
Most of the sound material sourced by FARNE was held on reel to reel tapes or on cassette tapes. Once suitable clips were selected from the tapes, the sound was transferred into a digital format using specialist sound equipment and software. The clips were then made suitable for the web and transferred to REAL or MP3 formats.






7. How many items are in the FARNE archive?


The FARNE Team has digitised close to 4000 items from various collections. These items include manuscripts, sound recordings, printed material and images. To see the items why not Search the Archive.






8. Where have the items in the archive come from?


The items in the archive come from both private collections and from libraries, archives and museums across North East England. Contributors include Newcastle University, Beamish Museum and Northumberland Record Office. For a full list of contributors see our list of Partner Organisations.






9. How do I use the What's On calendar feature?


It's simple...
The calendar automatically displays the current month with today's date highlighted.

Any events scheduled for today automatically appear. If there are none it will display events for the week.

You can select any month by clicking on the Month abbreviation at the top (or by clicking the arrows) or change the year display (again by clicking the arrow)

To obtain a full month's listing of ALL events simply click the month text (between the two arrows).

To obtain all FOLK events for a given month...select Folk from the Events Section list below the calendar and then click on the month text (between the two arrows)....














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