[pullquote quote=”It is the first step in creating an interactive online museum housing one of the most important archives in modern music history.” credit=”Director, Tom Barker”] “The idea is to digitally recreate John’s home studio and record collection,” according to Frank Prendergast of Eye Film And Television. Peel’s collection, which contains 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs, will become part of The Space, a new experimental digital service organized and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC.
The Space will be an online museum available from October to May across various platforms. “We’re very happy that we’ve finally found a way to make John’s amazing collection available to his fans, as he would have wanted” Sheila Ravenscroft, Peel’s wife.
Prendergast added: “Users will be able to interact with and contribute to, while viewing Peel’s personal notes, archive performances and new filmed interviews with musicians.”
The Space will also be available as a red button on-demand service from Freeview HD. John Peel passed away of a heart attack in 2004, and left a legacy of excellent music behind. His “Peel Sessions” have featured everyone from Cocteau Twins to Belle & Sebastian to Napalm Death to Joy Division.