Thanks to Rosemary's help we had a very successful search in the museum
store this morning. We got thoroughly filthy searching, moving and opening
boxes and ring binders but the success rate was 100% which I think is a
However we actually achieved more than 100% I believe because just as we
were packing up to leave we discovered an open box of somewhere between 200
and 300 glass plate negatives, each one labelled and numbered in their
glassine sleeves but from a variety of dates from about 1947 through to
These appear to include a number of those that we have found to be missing
from the boxes they should have been in during earlier searches. It would
appear that somebody had accessed these images over the years but had then
failed to return them to their correct in sequence places! (I have an idea I
might know who was responsible too.)
As a result I called in and saw Josh Godfrey at the museum with the good
news. I now have his permission for a small group of us (I would think four
would be sensible) to visit the store with a view to sorting the miss placed
negatives into chronological order and return them to their correct boxes.
We can use the table in the open area of the store for this - we don't have
to do the sorting in the cramped confines of the roller racking.
So the big question. Who is interested in joining in? This is not going to
be done anytime soon and there is no rush but if you could let me know if
you are interested in joining in then we'll sort out a mutually convenient
Just to whet your appetites, among them is the sequence of photographs of
the prototype hovercraft passing through Farnham on its way to the
Farnborough air show. I think many of the others are also of important
events that many people will be interested in so getting them back in place
is going to prove extremely valuable. I think it will be a good idea to wear
latex or similar gloves avoid the worst of the dust though!
More good news - I heard today that in order to facilitate the inventory of
the bound copies at the Herald they are all being moved from the very hot
and dusty cellar to the first floor of the building where there are plenty
of worktops, natural light and an equable temperature which will make that
job and future searches much more comfortable.
Things are moving,