Langholm Archive Group Report


November 2010

We have now got over 38,000 (30,000 last year) entries in the Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser Index and, thanks to the new recruits, we are moving along at a very satisfactory speed. We are half way through 1877 at present. The index is considered a valuable resource by the many people who have got in e-mail contact with us from all over the world.

On the photographic side, a lot of work has been done by Sandy and his team on changing the presentation of the pictures in the database and adding a copyright sign to each picture. New pictures are steadily being added to the collection. We have a number of pictures waiting to be added when sufficient information can be found to make it worthwhile to put the pictures on-line. Currently we have 3556 (3365 last year) pictures on-line of which 2687 are from George Irving's collection and 869 are from other people's collections of varying sizes.

Members of the group have given several talks over the past year to groups of all sorts both inside and outside Langholm. The Primary School and the Secondary school have both been visited.

The third DVD of pictures from the collection was produced and has enjoyed healthy sales.

Members of the group have been helping with the production of the Heritage Leaflet which will use a number of pictures from the collection. In addition, members have been recording and editing oral reminiscences. The group has purchased a Sony walkman minidisk recorder and any member is welcome to use it if they know of someone they think should be recorded.

Many members have contributed to the fundraising for the group and during the year the group has acquired a vacuum cleaner, a heater, a colour laser printer and the minidisk recorder. We are now well appointed as far as equipment goes. A top quality slide scanner is probably the most desirable potential acquisition.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce, who is standing down as treasurer, for the excellent work he has done over the past few years. He has ensured that the accounts are in good order and that we can look forward to another year with confidence.

Looking Forward

I am hoping that we will be able to substantially increase our archive of the spoken word during the forthcoming year as well as adding both to the E&L Index and the photo collection.

I am also hoping that at least some of the many people who say, "Oh, I've got some interesting photos for you." will actually bring them in. If they do, the photographic team will certainly be very busy.

It would be good if during the year, we can add more active members to the group. If nothing else, the work we do means that there is a strong core of people who are both interested in and knowledgeable about the history and the heritage of Langholm.