About Us

The EMI Archive Trust was established in 1996 when the EMI Group of companies gifted many of their pre-1947 and other valuable music and technology historical assets to the Trust.

Our trustees have rich experience of the recorded music industry and collectively have more than two hundred years of experience of working for the EMI group of companies.

The EMI Archive Trust is a UK registered charity, number 1056254.


The purpose of the Trust has been defined since our creation as: “The advancement of education and research and, in particular, to foster and promote the study and appreciation of the art techniques and development of sound recording and the history of the sound recording industry.”


The EMI Archive Trust continues to be generously supported by Universal Music Group.


The EMI Archive Trust would like to thank the following for their kind permission to reproduce photographs and trademarks on this site and we ask visitors to our digital channels to kindly respect their copyright:

Polar expedition photo by Herbert G Ponting © SPRI, University of Cambridge


Dog and trumpet logo © HMV

Columbia Magic Notes logo © Sony Music Entertainment

Parlophone & Regal © Warner Music Group

Decca & Capitol Records © Universal Music Group