|Aberystwyth North Beach on a hot Sunday in July 1947, |
The Aerofilms collection, built up over eight decades (1919-2006), was in danger of being dispersed to private buyers and so lost when the company fell into financial difficulties. It was rescued and bought in 2007 for the nation by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on Ancient and Historical Monuments for Scotland and Wales with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Foyle Foundation. From here, we embarked on a programme of careful conservation and digitisation of some of the rarest and most fragile glass plate negatives allowing us to put them online for everyone to access freely.
|View of the iconic Menai suspension bridge, Bangor, 1920, |
|Gresford Colliery in October 1934, one month after one of the worst mining disasters in the country,|
However, we need your help!
With a collection as spectacular and far reaching as this we would like people not only to come and take a look at what has been conserved and protected but to share with us your memories of locations and sites, tag images so they are easier to locate through the search engines, group photos together to help our interest groups studying their subjects (be it railways, churches or military sites), but most of all we need your local knowledge to help the professionals identify hundreds of unknown pictures, images without location, description or date.
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