The North West Sound Archive was founded in Manchester in 1979. It was relocated to Clitheroe in 1982, where it occupied the third floor of the Clitheroe Castle Museum. 53.8702°N 2.3931°W It was the largest archive of sound recordings in the UK outside London, holding over 140,000 items. The archive was closed in 2015 due to financial circumstances. The archive material was relocated to the Manchester Central Library, Liverpool Central Library, and the Lancashire Archives, depending on the location that the material related to.