In 2005, film and television composer Trevor Jones was the keynote interviewee at a film-music conference co-organised by the Universities of Leeds and Huddersfield and hosted at what is now the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford (now the National Media Museum). Following his interview, Trevor had a long conversation with Professor David Cooper during which it emerged that he had a very large collection of materials relating to his film scores and did not know what to do with them. As a result of this conversation, Trevor donated a these materials to the University of Leeds, which already had a well established reputation for film-music study, with an agreement that they may be used exclusively for research and teaching.
The donation consisted of more than 400 multi-track analogue tapes, including session recordings and demonstration mock-ups of cues, as well as an array of paperwork such as spotting notes, mixer settings and other records of communication between members of the music and production teams, and Jones has continued to add to the holdings through the provision of digital files for recent film projects, and notated scores (which often include drafts and sketches). In 2010 he made a second donation of archival materials, around 300 items, including rough and fine cuts for several pictures (on video), additional multi-track and demo recordings, and some final mixes, and a third donation followed in 2013, which has augmented the collection with the addition of Umatic and DA-88 tapes, stereo mixes, and more VHS tapes, as well as further analogue sound recordings.