Great news. Count me in... K
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Subject: [heraldnegindex] Re: Negative archive
Well done, good news. I can help if necessary.
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From: Chris Shepheard <chris.shepheard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 10/05/2022 18:01 (GMT+00:00)
Cc: PEARSON PETER <peter.pearson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [heraldnegindex] Negative archive
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 first.
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 1959.
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 date.
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,