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1 of 15  Wed 24th Nov 2021 5:04pm  
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Dear members My name is Ben Kyneswood from Cov Uni. I run the Coventry Digital website (and Coventry Atlas for that matter). I want to tell you about a few things I'll be doing soon, having being encouraged to do so by Rob. At the moment we're still building the repository, which is, atm, about 35,000 images. In the next week or so I'm delighted to tell you that we're going to publish about 4750 images from the Coventry Telegraph archive, courtesy of Reach Licensing. There are amazing images of the city before and after the war, plus coverage of most major post-war events in the city. Lots of football too. I hope you'll enjoy looking at and sharing the images as you already have via the embed and share buttons. Second, Reach have acquired and digitised the Arthur Cooper archive of about 10,000 glass plates from when he was photographer for, amongst others, the Coventry Standard. There's no info on these and so I'm building some software to allow some people to log in and add metadata before they are published on Coventry Digital. This should be in the New Year. I'm hoping some of you will get involved and share your knowledge so that the Cooper archive becomes a valuable city resource. You'd log in and choose the Cooper project, adding text next to an image to describe what you are looking at. Hopefully, that'll be names, dates, places plus personal reflections. I'm also keen to hear about how we can use the resource of Coventry Digital more: how might we link it to family archives and ensure stories are recorded for the future. Any ideas, please respond below or email ac4693@coventry.ac.uk. Thanks Ben
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Helen F
Warrington
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2 of 15  Wed 24th Nov 2021 5:24pm  
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Woohoo! Hi Ben. Wave As you may have guessed we're already fans. Between us I'm sure that we can help with some of the missing labels. I'm loving the higher resolution of some of those old photos. I can see bits of the city that were missing before. I've got my fingers crossed that some of the slum clearance pictures are there from the newspaper photos. Big grin
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bk
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3 of 15  Wed 24th Nov 2021 5:56pm  
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Hi Helen Thanks for the lovely comment. I'm really hoping people will find it a fun but serious thing to do. There's already the City Graphics images of slum clearances on Cov Dig. If you search 'city graphics' you'll find plenty there, such as this WH Smith's on Hertford Street, below: I've got a Twitter account @covdig and have just joined Facebook so I can begin to share more. I'm also hoping people will come to me with their contributions. I can make them a 'Contributor' to Cov Dig so they can drag and drop their own images to sit alongside those from the city archives. I love the idea of searching for a street and finding personal stories alongside old photographs etc. Best wishes Ben
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NeilsYard
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4 of 15  Thu 25th Nov 2021 11:23am  
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Hi Ben! Aha, great. I have been communicating with Victoria Northridge about the site as I know we here can assist in identifying and labelling lots of images on there that are either incorrectly tagged or just listed as Unknown. Victoria has already made some changes on my suggestion. She did mention to me about the Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for Digital Volunteers that I was awaiting approval for as myself, Rob, Helen and I'm sure many others on here would love to help updating and locating many of the collections - especially the City Architects and City Graphics sets. If you review this forum you will see tons of amazing information we have collated over the years which I'm sure would be of value to the site and The Herbert etc. I am local too and Rob and I have been in to the Herbert before. Happy to help in any way - just shout! Edited by member, 25th Nov 2021 3:42 pm
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bk
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5 of 15  Thu 25th Nov 2021 2:59pm  
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Dear Neil Thanks for replying. Sadly we were unsuccessful with the NLHF bid for digital volunteers but I'm going to build the software anyway and see how we go, starting probably with the Arthur Cooper images. As you rightly say, many images at the archives are mislabelled. Victoria has changed, or asked me to change, metadata where we've been made aware, so thanks to you and the other members for that. The architects images are a very interesting set. Whilst we can say more about individual images, I'm also very interested in the stories these images prompt. Be good to collect some of those. I'll be in touch once I'm up and running. Best Ben
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NeilsYard
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6 of 15  Thu 25th Nov 2021 3:32pm  
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Thanks Ben - I'd still be happy to come in to the Herbert now and again to assist in identifying. Can't believe the bid was unsuccessful.
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Helen F
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7 of 15  Thu 25th Nov 2021 7:45pm  
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Sad about the funding Sad Rob can advise you on good candidates for picture volunteers. Often unknown pictures get discussed and located here anyway, so we could sort out complicated attributions as a group before presenting our conclusions. The hard part is to do it systematically as not all of them are numbered. Because of the nature of the software, any large search option, the thing gets slower and slower the more you load, so we couldn't start at one end and work our way through. The demise of Old Maps also makes things difficult, although I appreciate the ones added to the site. I notice that not all of the old pictures we were familiar with have been loaded yet, which is why I haven't done an intensive search for mistakes or gaps.
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NeilsYard
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8 of 15  Fri 26th Nov 2021 11:21am  
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Ben, we have a dream team here - me, Rob, Cliff and Helen as photo hunters and ID'ers, Heathite for the directories, Anne for the newspaper archives... the list goes on! Big grin
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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9 of 15  Fri 26th Nov 2021 12:48pm  
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… not to mention, some senior citizens Oh my
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Helen F
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10 of 15  Fri 26th Nov 2021 1:46pm  
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Absolutely MR! I'm lost after 1950 or beyond the old city. You, Harrier and others are experts on sports, transport and businesses, not to mention your own knowledges of the city and surrounds. WE are the dream team. Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
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11 of 15  Fri 26th Nov 2021 2:47pm  
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Yes, sorry Midland Red - I should've added Cliff x2! Big grin
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bk
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12 of 15  Mon 29th Nov 2021 6:42pm  
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Thanks everyone. I'll certainly come calling once the Cooper archive is with me and I can, via the website, share. NLHF are a queer bunch. We offered a great deal (including outreach with two community venues) but they didn't see that as digital engagement (despite us saying some communities do need support at a basic level. That said, Coventry has received a lot of NLHF in the past few years to refurb Drapers Hall, Charterhouse and the cememtery, so any excuse not to spend money in Cov will do, so probably bad timing. I'm uploading some STUNNING images of the precinct tomorrow btw. Hopefully you'll enjoy them. I'll create a gallery for them. They came from the Architects' Dept slides. Any more info on them, do let me know. Ben
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Helen F
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13 of 15  Mon 29th Nov 2021 9:10pm  
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Digital engagement with those of the Third Age... or whatever they're calling the over 50s now...
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bk
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14 of 15  Tue 30th Nov 2021 11:54am  
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Hi all - there's a new gallery of images from the Architecture and Planning Department of the Council. Remember it'll ask you to log in to look at individual assets and to click on the three little lines next to the search bar to select 'Newest First'. To whet your appetite, here's one of my favourites: Ben
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NeilsYard
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15 of 15  Tue 30th Nov 2021 1:57pm  
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Brill, Ben - you're stopping me from working! Big grin
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