One week on, and still busy getting some content into the site … there are too few hours in the day.
Ideally we should have letters of support to show the HLF, so yesterday evening I wrote, via his agent, to Roy Hudd to seek his endorsement. The Hudd Music Hall Archive “comprise over 25,000 separate items including original song sheets, programmes, posters, music scores, variety acts, audio recordings in various formats, letters and postcards. In addition there are some 30,000 photographs. Many of these resources are unique.” So it would be brilliant to get a letter of support from Roy … and maybe digital use of some of his items.
Schedule for the rest of today includes writing to Twickenham Museum to offer some quid pro quo: up on the first floor they’ve some out-of-print A4 format paperbacks that include magnificent historical photos of Twickenham and surrounding area, only copies and without the wherewithal to reprint. My cunning plan (though nice guy that I am I’d probably have offered anyway, even if with no prospect of reward): to digitise and reproduce as e-books (Kindle, Epub, and online flip books) in return for the museum assisting us, through their network of contacts, in sourcing further items for our project.
Must also write to Nigel Bewley at the British Library Sound Archive to ask whether we can use his splendid collection of Vintage Decca Adverts for our project.
Finally, will be writing to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames education and libraries sections to endeavour to engage more schools in the project and to get the opportunity to run some promotional events in the borough this summer.
OK, back to work now … busy, busy, busy …