The Delia Derbyshire Archive

Transforming the Perception and Understanding of the Authorship, Range, Reception and Influence of the Work of Delia Derbyshire.

Dr David Butler, Drama

Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) is a key figure in the development of electronic music and sound design in Britain. Based at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop from 1962-1973, she also composed for film, theatre, live happenings and festivals with her contributions often uncredited.   

Butler's acquisition of the Delia Derbyshire Archive (DDA) and subsequent development, curation and research into its contents has provided the catalyst for a wide range of local, national and international public engagement activities. These activities have raised awareness and understanding of Derbyshire's practice and Britain's electronic music heritage and include:

  • The commissioning of new artistic works responding to the archive and the establishment of an educational charity;
  • Delia Derbyshire Day (DD Day), which provides support for emerging artists and works with schoolchildren to enhance their music technology skills through an understanding of Derbyshire's practice and Britain's electronic music heritage. 

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