December has been a busy month in the Archives. After many months of planning, work has finally begun to clean, rehouse and scan the Knights-Whittome glass plates. In total, 25 local volunteers turned out for one of two introductory sessions which ran through the last week of November, and everyone who attended has signed up to lend their skills to the project – a wonderful result.
Progress is slow as we work out the best ways of approaching the work but we have already digitised over 250 quarter plates and hope to pick up the pace as 2015 progresses. We have found some beautiful individual and family portraits and have already gained a better understanding of Knights-Whittome’s systems and working practices in the process – more on that in a future post. We hope that volunteers will feel inspired to add their own contributions to this blog as work continues and will share some highlights from the collection and from the work itself.
In selecting the first batch of plates to be worked upon, we came across one small box of mounted prints, among which were a small number of photographs in Christmas mounts. These seemed particularly apt for an end of year blog post and so here are a small selection, with our best wishes for a fabulous Christmas and the upcoming new year.