Norwich firms help create online archive of John Peel’s collection

One of the most revered record collections in the world - that of music legend John Peel – was today (Tuesday) made accessible to the public for the first time.

Two Norwich firms, Eye Film and Television and local website company Klick, have worked with The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket and Mr Peel's wife and family to create an online archive of his collection.

The project, which is part of The Space, a new online arts service developed by Arts Council England (ACE) in partnership with the BBC, today released the names, song titles and artwork of 100 records from Peel's collection, starting with the letter 'A', and will release 100 more records every Tuesday for 26 weeks.

Charlie Gauvain, managing director of Eye Film and Television in Magdalen Street, said: 'When we first came up with the idea, it was just that, an idea. Just a few months on, a lot hard work, and late nights later, and we have this fantastic music resource.

'Getting the right team together for this has been key - a lot of people have put in a great deal of dedicated hard work.'

James Leeds, managing director of Klik, which was commissioned to create the interactive website, said: 'We've worked closely with John Peel's family to make sure that the design of the website feels like a little bit of John himself, which we all felt was crucial, since John was such a big part of so many people's lives in a personal way'.

To access the John Peel archive, go to