Historical Photograph Project
The Changing Face of Worcester team have put most of the pictures from the project on photo-sharing web site PICASA
The Haynes Brothers' Presentation
From the late 1960s to the late 1990s, thousands of Worcester people thrilled to the presentation The Changing Face of Worcester which brothers Clive and Malcolm Haynes created from slides they had taken themselves, family snaps brought to them by their many fans and professional pictures from a hundred years of Worcester photography. This was no ordinary slideshow - up to six projectors linked to faders and eventually computer control, music and an excellent commentary based on good research. And the pictures were stunning! Buildings were constructed, aged, were pulled down and replaced before our eyes. Themes were developed on architecture, conservation, famous lives and historical events. To ensure these fabulous images (over 8500 of them) were available for posterity Clive and Malcolm suggested that Tudor House take the collection, digitise them and ensure access to the images.
Worcester Heritage and Amenity Trust, best known for their Heritage Centre at Tudor House in Friar Street, Worcester, have taken on the project to capture on to computer the slides used in the presentation, and thousands of others from the collection held by Clive Haynes. Volunteers have been recruited to prepare the slides, digitise them using an automatic slide scanner, index them and locate them on a computer map. A DVD will be produced to introduce the project to local groups, who may be able to offer help with skills, volunteers and finance.
The 8500 slides have been digitised over the last five years. They are now captured in both high resolution format for commercial purposes and in lower resolution for educational and general public use. The images are available via a Picassa platform accessed from the Tudor House website www.tudorhouse.org.uk . The original material is now safely stored within the temperature and humidity controlled Archive Stores in the basement of the Worcester HIVE building www.thehiveworcester.org . Now the capture phase is complete and the originals are in safe storage the project moves on to the task of making the images as readily accessible as possible.
We wish to organise and thoroughly catalogue the collection by ‘tagging’ each image with key descriptions of the content e.g. Date (known or estimated), main content, subsidiary significant content, social aspects, transport aspects, dress content.
Bob Blandford (who recently published the well received book ‘Worcester Pubs Then and Now’ using 450 images from the collection) will be running a weekly Thursday morning session where various images will be viewed and the content discussed with significant features agreed by the group. If you are able to make a Thursday morning meeting from 10.00 until 11.30 then please get in touch. No experience or technical expertise is necessary just energy and a willingness to help! Please register your interest using the contact details above.
As well as developing the use of the Clive Haynes Changing Face of Worcester collection, we are also keen to add to the collection. If you have interesting images of old Worcester please bring them in and share them with us. We would like to include them on our website to allow access from interested parties but will acknowledge the source of the image. We fully recognise that the images and any rights remain with the owner.
Please get in touch if you can offer us any help in carrying forward this exciting project!
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