Bringing the past into the present
Images, photographs and postcards of Britain’s historic past are being archived on a new website, due to a partnership between the University of Lincoln and a local company.
Lincoln-based Living Postcard Company (LPC), which is run by former professional photographer Roy Mynott, is launching The British Archive of Old Pictures to rescue images of the past and the stories behind them. Dr Tony Daniels, Business Development Manager at EMMTEC (East Midlands Media & Technology Centre) in the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology at the University has provided web development support and training, and help hosting the website, www.living-postcard.co.uk
Dr Daniels said: “We became involved after the company saw our website: http://www.emmtec.co.uk and approached us to develop a DVD, based around an archive of images they had access to. After a couple of meetings we introduced LPC to the web technology, which has been further developed and branded for them.
“As Business Development Manager in the Faculty I deal with many requests for assistance from organisations. This was an opportunity to help a local company as well as act in an 'Enterprising' way because the concept can easily be transferred to a wide variety of potential uses.”
Roy wants to bring the images back to life by putting them on the new website so they can be enjoyed by everyone and used as a national educational, historical and genealogical resource. The site will enable anyone to buy prints of the photos in the archive.
For more information, or to view the images, visit www.living-postcard.co.uk