Every picture tells a story
.. but what is it ?
I am sure we all have our own photograph albums.. and, more recently, folders full of images on computer. Getting them out no doubt leads to friendly arguments about when and where they were taken. What was the occasion ? Who's that lady at the back ? etc etc We vow that from now on we will caption our pictures so that future members of the family will know who is who.. Then we look at the size of the task and quietly put them away again.
Imagine that task applied to a whole village archive. It's a daunting task but also an exciting one. There are so many stories to be discovered and so many connections to be made.
One of the key challenges that the Heritage Centre set itself was to create such an archive. That work is now well underway with an archive containing over 2,000 entries. Take a look.
HERE'S HOW NOT TO DO IT..
This gallery is fun to look at but when were the pictures taken ? where are they? How I can share the memories they evoke ? How do I look for pictures of one person ? How do I find pictures of the same subject ?
Two members of our team visited Hebden Bridge recently to meet some of the team who have put the Pennine Heritage site together. Do take a look. They have imported, categorised and documented over 34,000 images.... and Hebden Bridge is only half the size of Lymm ! They have made over half of those available on the website and the rest can be viewed at the centre. They receive new information and comments added on a daily basis and are building a remarkable record of village life that can be passed down to future generations.
Thanks to Carol Kerry, Alan Taylor, Alan Williams, Ken Smith, Susan Wylie, Yvonne Clayton, Richard Buckley, Jamie MacDonald and John Gill who have all contributed to the above album which shows just a tiny cross-section of Lymm's potential archive.