Ripon Re-Viewed is up and running.
Following the announcement that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £59,000 to Ripon Civic Society, we have been getting on with setting the project up.
There are 6000 photographic negatives of Ripon people and places dating between about 1860 and 1960. We will be digitising them, creating a database to describe them and putting them online in a specially-designed website.
Maxine Willett, a Yorkshire-based freelance archivist has been commissioned to project-manage the work. She is working with a management group of Ripon Civic Society members to ensure that everything goes to plan. Ripon Re-Viewed needs you!
We need the support of local people to make this happen. If you think you’d like to get involved – help us sort out the descriptions of the images, perhaps help us at events – please do contact us for more information. We’d love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
RIPON’s Photographic Heritage to be Preserved and Made Accessible
thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players an astonishing collection of over
6,000 images capturing the changing face of the City of Ripon over the past
century is to be preserved, digitised, catalogued and made publicly accessible
‘Ripon Re-Viewed’ is the result of many months of work by a group of
Ripon Civic Society volunteers investigating the collections of photographic
negatives currently housed in Ripon Library.
From original glass plates dating from the 1890’s through to acetate
negatives on a whole range of formats, these collections document life in the
City through each decade of the twentieth century – the people, the places, the
buildings, the industries, major events and everyday lives of the people in
Ripon - a truly remarkable record.
The Heritage Lottery Fund award of £59,000 will enable the conservation and digitisation of the images to
be undertaken with support from North Yorkshire County Record Office. Once the digitisation is complete the original
materials will be safely stored in their archive strongrooms. The cataloguing and compiling rich descriptive
information then becomes the work of volunteers from the community, working
under the guidance of a Project Manager.
We hope this will be
great opportunity for people to get involved – the
images themselves will prompt plenty of memories and information from the
people of Ripon, and collating accurate, detailed and interesting information
will create the opportunity for people to search and find the images that
relate to their own interests – whether it’s a particular street, a school
group, or an event - they will all be available on a new, full searchable
‘Ripon Re-Viewed’ website.
In addition to the website, Ripon Civic Society will be talking to local
partners to develop themed exhibitions and presentations, so there will be
plenty of ‘Ripon Re-Viewed’ activities over the two years of the project.
David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon
Civic Society, says, ‘This major project will open a new window on Ripon’s past
and preserve important pictures of life in the city for future
generations. I am delighted that the
Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded us this grant. Thank you to them, and to North Yorkshire
County Council, and especially to staff in its Library Service and Archive
Service, who have been very helpful in formulating the idea. Above all, thank you to the dedicated
members of the ‘Ripon Re-Viewed’ project committee for all their hard
work. Now the real work of caring for
the images begins!’
Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said:
“Saving our historic archives is important as they provide such a valuable
insight into the past. This project will provide volunteers and the community
with the opportunity to learn new skills and find out about what life was like,
and how Ripon has changed over the past 120 years.”
County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for the Library & Archive
Service adds ‘The Ripon Re-Viewed project will enable everyone to enjoy and
benefit from this fascinating visual record of Ripon’s development through the
twentieth century. The project is a
great example of how the Library and Archive Service can work in partnership
with the local community to open up access to previously under used