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Sounds of St Helena

Hear the island

Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake. Play ‘As Time Goes By’{1}
Ilsa Lund in the film Casablanca

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There are plenty of opportunities on Saint Helena Island Info to see St Helena; here are some to hear it

Sounds of St Helena

Below: Contemporary SoundsOther Sounds

This page features recordings of ambient sounds - things just happening - for you to play to give an audio flavour of daily life on St Helena{2}. Most of these sounds also appear on the page where they are relevant, as indicated. A great many other more formal recordings - speeches, radio broadcasts, etc. - also appear on this site; see our page Audio Index for a list of them all.

Contemporary Sounds

Most of the sounds below were recorded for Saint Helena Island Info by Burgh House Media Productions from 2019 to 2021.

Below: PeopleNatureStructures

People

Pilling School at playtime
…from Education

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Nature

Birds roosting, Duke of Edinburgh Playground
…from Birds

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‘Dawn Chorus’, Duke of Edinburgh Playground
…from Birds

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Peaceful Doves in Jamestown
…from Birds

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Tapping the Bellstone
…from Levelwood

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Waves at the Seaside, Jamestown
…from Jamestown

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The Run, flowing after heavy rain
…from The Run

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Flushing The Run{3}
…from The Run

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Structures

Bridge Memorial Clock, chiming Midnight
…from Bridge Memorial Clock

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Hear the bell of St. James’ Church
…from St. James’ Church

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Hear the bell of St. Paul’s Cathedral
…from St. Paul’s Cathedral

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Hear the bell of the Jamestown Baptist Church
…from Churches of St Helena

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Other Sounds

These are sundry older recordings of ambient sounds that, like the ones above, conjure up an audio ‘picture’ of St Helena…

Skiffle Group, 1962{a}

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Salvation Army Band, 1962{a}

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St Helena Band, Slow March, 1962{a}
Mechanics & Friendly Benefits Society
…from The Friendly Societies

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Flax Stripper in operation, 1960s{b}
…from The Flax Industry

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Carnival, 1983{c}
…from Carnival

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St Helena Band at the opening of the Supreme Court, April 1974

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Credits:
{a} Copyright © 1962 Film Unit, used with permission{4}{b} Radio St Helena/Museum of St Helena, digitised by Burgh House Media Productions{c} St Helena National Trust

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Footnotes:
{1} Usually (but incorrectly) rendered as Play it again, Sam.{2} Cynics please note: we did actually record these sounds in the places indicated. No sound-effect files were used!{3} The thumping sounds are larger objects being washed down by the force of the water.{4} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.

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