If you have only ten minutes to track down some tunes, BBC Music Memories is what you need. 

Built by the BBC Archive with the help of Playlist for Life, BBC Music Memories is a website containing 15 second snippets of thousands of tracks organised by decade, genre and special items like TV and radio themes.

BBC Music Memories is a Finding Tool not a listening tool, because you cannot listen to full tracks.

Here's how to use it.

  1. Use your Music Detective knowledge to quickly visit someone's Memory Bump or possible Identity Tracks, play them a snippet, and look for a response.
  2. If there is no reaction move on.
  3. If you do get a reaction, then 'Like' the tune by clicking on the heart, and then move on.
  4. At the end of the session you can print out or email all the tunes you 'Liked' to create a ready-made shopping list. Use it yourself or give it to a younger relative or friend to set up your playlist. 

Watch the BBC Breakfast film that launched BBC Music Memories below - and look out for Leigh-Anne and the team at the Memory Tearooms near the end. As well as being a fantastic local memory café, they also host a Playlist for Life Help Point.