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Ripon Re-Viewed

RiponRe-Viewedlogo.jpgRipon 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.

B0302.jpgMaxine 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!

B0901.jpgWe 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.  riponreviewed@gmail.com


RIPON’s Photographic Heritage to be Preserved and Made Accessible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund

  B0905.jpgThanks 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 online..

‘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 B0915.jpggreat 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!’

Fiona 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 collections’

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