An interesting and often charming film about this much gentrified East Coast town. I must sail there one day! My thanks to Derek Simpson for posting the link.
The wonderful Broadland Memories online archive of images and personal memories of life and leisure on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is in trouble and needs help – as sometimes happens with websites that depend on one or two people for their existence.
Through photos, historical bits and pieces and memories, it provides a fascinating picture of the social history of the Norfolk Broads from the start of the holiday boom when the railways brought Victorian holidaymakers and day trippers to the region in the late 19th century, through the birth of the boat hire industry and the introduction of motor cruisers in the early part of the 20th century, and the post-World War II boating boom. And I think it’s great.
However, when websites depend on one person, they depend also on their personal circumstances and their health – both of which are necessarily changeable and vulnerable over time. And now Broadland Memories needs help because its webmistress is no longer able to fund the website on her own. What’s more, its software is outdated, doesn’t work well on smartphones and tablets, and is still maintained using a computer running Windows XP.
If you enjoy Broadland Memories and can help, use the PayPal link on the website, or get in touch – aw well as allowing appropriate pgrades to be put in place, it will also help in acquiring historic photographs, films and ephemera for the archive.
Access to the Port of London Authority archive – said to be one of the most significant in London – is set to be unlocked in a three-year cataloguing programme.
The archive covering 250 years of London’s water-borne history is to be catalogued by Museum of London Docklands staff. The work is expected to take at least three years and will give historians, river lovers and members of the public easy access to the archive.
The PLA was created through an Act of Parliament overseen by Lloyd George and Winston Churchill to bring order to the chaos of the busy and congested port of the early 1900s. It came into existence on 31 March 1909.
The archive includes 30 boxes of documents relating to the 19th century dock companies; 120 boxes of documents relating to the early years of the PLA; 140 boxes of documents relating to post-war PLA activities; 50 boxes of post-war PLA personnel documents; architectural drawings relating to all aspects of the docks; and a range of PLA river charts. It adds up to a lot of material.l
An entertaining historical presentation telling the story of the PLA is already available can be found on the organisation’s website at www.pla.co.uk.