“May you live long and dine happy” – Merry Christmas 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we look back at the achievements of the last year with a huge sense of pride.  Just over one year ago, work began to resurrect this forgotten collection of local images, many of which had been untouched for over 100 years. Now after a year of hard work, close to half of these images are now visible online once more.

We would never have managed any of this without our marvellous team of volunteers, who show up unfailingly each week to lend us a few hours of their time. The work is not always thrilling. The nature of this kind of project means that that there is a lot of repetition and meticulous attention to detail and so we are incredibly grateful, and amazed to have kept such a great team for such a long time. Thankfully, the material seems to inspire everyone who comes into contact with it. Perhaps it is the poignancy of the period in which it was created, the very human stories attached to the material, or perhaps the element of local interest. Whichever, we are incredibly grateful for the time and effort our wonderful volunteers put in. Thank you all.

We hope that all of our volunteers, followers and supporters enjoy a great Christmas and New Year break. In the words of Knights-Whittome himself: “May you live long and Dine happy”.

DSC_0948Photograph taken by David Knights-Whittome. Part of the COPY1 collection of material registered for Copyright at Stationer’s Hall held at The National Archives in Kew. Photographed with permission of The National Archives.

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