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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 October 2006, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK
'No decision' over Peel records
John Peel
Peel died on 25 October 2004 while on holiday in Peru
A decision has yet to be made about what will happen to John Peel's huge library of records, tapes and CDs, the late DJ's family has said.

His daughter Alexandra said: "We've not had any discussions about what is going to happen to the collection in the long term. For now it will stay at home."

Liverpool-born Peel's collection is estimated to have 25,000 vinyl albums.

It was speculated that the British Library would take it, but it has remained at his Suffolk home.

A spokesman for the British Library declined to say whether officials had been involved in negotiations about the future of the Peel music archive.


The institution claims it is "the premier public research facility for pop music in the UK".

The collection was left to Peel's wife Sheila as part of his estate, which was valued at 1.5m according to details which have recently emerged.

Last year, she told the BBC World Service: "The records here are John and I can't imagine how we all would feel if, for whatever reason, they were suddenly removed from us. It would be just awful.

"At the moment, it makes us feel rather good that they're all here. And we play them."

But she added: "I've got to be realistic and I know that there will be some period when we've got to say 'Come on, be sensible', because there's no way we can play them all or appreciate them all."

It is two years ago this week since Peel's death. BBC 6Music will be marking the event with a series of programmes.

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