The BBC’s collection now gives you access to a huge collection of sounds for different objects, locations, and actions. These free sound effects are being released under the RemArc licence, which means that they can be used for “personal, educational or research purposes”.
The archive is easily searchable, and a quick browse confirms that there’s a wide variety of content, ranging from the atmospheric to the downright obscure. Each sample can be previewed and both its duration and filename are listed.
The service is currently in beta, but you can dive in and start downloading their free sound effects collection right now on the BBC Sound Effects website.