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 What’s more, its software is outdated, doesn’t work well on smartphones and tablets, and is still maintained using a computer running Windows XP.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.
The George Woods Collection of photographs held by East Sussex Libraries is a fantastic thing – and you can see it for yourself on Flickr.
Many of the photos are very posed – with men dressed in oilies on what are clearly dry, fair-weather days and girls in summer frocks – but they do present an interesting perspective on the gear that was in use. And some of the photos are clearly not posed at all…
George Woods was born the son of a draper in St. Albans, Hertfordshire in 1852, but after his father died became a successful stock market investor – which provided him with time to work on his photography.
During the late 1880s and early 1890s photographed Hastings beach and in the local countryside. He left the photos to his daughter Ethel, who donated most of his prints to Hastings Museum in the early 1960s shortly before she passed away. Woods’ glass plate negatives were acquired by local solicitor and historian, John E Ray, and were acquired by Hastings Library following Mr Ray’s death.
My photographing brother Matthew Atkin has been exercising his camera around the harbours of Mumbai again. I hope you enjoy the shots.
Naturally, the dried fish are Bombay duck, a local fish that is usually dried and salted to preserve it, and is then fried for eating as an appetizer before a meal. Strangely, it apparently has a powerful smell but little taste…
Thanks for the photos Matt! For more of my brother’s excellent and exotic photos, click here.