The Sunday Times reports: [edited]
Some of the most distinctive sounds of Britain, including the hum of a Merlin engine inside a Spitfire and a whistling kettle, are to be captured and preserved in a huge audio archive.
Torsten Nilsson, a Swedish museum curator, will arrive in Britain in September to record sounds now rarely heard, including the noise made by the engine of a classic Bentley and that of 'at least 40 different English kettles boiling ready for preparing afternoon tea'.
The trip is part of a two-year £170,000 project, funded by the European Union, to collect sounds from around Europe before they disappear. Among the noises Nilsson wants to record are the sound of a person dialling a rotary telephone and a dial-up modem in operation.
The recordings will be made available to the public.