I’ve always been fascinated by our regional heritage and by the development of regional accents within the U.K. and the British Library have compiled a collection of audio clips. These are from a survey of English dialects and accents and the Millennium Memory Bank Document. You can play the clips in your media player, I really liked the lady from Backworth in Northumberland describing the old colliery house that she used to live in, it was very reminiscent of my childhood in a terraced house in John Williamson Street.
Baking bread in Welwick, Yorkshire was also a great audio clip. There are loads to choose from, and as well as hearing the dialect, you also gain from a little social history.