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Yesterday I had a great day photographing some more of the archive of Norman Tildesley from Willenhall. There is so much material it is almost overwhelming but highlights the fact that there is a vast amount of material out there.
Administration is not the most exciting subject but I am trying to get the information together for 'Who Do You Think You Are,' in February. It is dull, dull, dull and hard to think that I will have a stand which will hopefully sparkle and inspire many hundreds or thousands of people to upload data to share history.
The message I will be trying to put across is that there is so much history in private hands it is mind boggling. In the last year I have been working with several different bodies, Boulton Paul Heritage Museum, a local historian's archive, a metal detectorist's finds, individual photograph collections etc. So I know that there is an endless seam of history gold which has yet to be tapped. I will do all I can to make available as much history as I can and I am here to help with the technical side of things but I can't do it for you. I once heard someone say 'if a job's worth doing it's worth doing badly,' because that is how you will do anything at first. We get better at something by doing it repeatedly.
It can't be February already. I have been trying to clear a backlog of work and as usual come up with mystery photos. People with no names and houses with no location. Very frustrating!