Royal Central: Thousands of Prince Albert’s Papers Online for the First Time

Royal Central: Thousands of Prince Albert’s Papers Online for the First Time. “There are over 22,000 items now available on the site, including photographs, prints, and archival documents. The Royal Collection, along with the Royal Archives and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, have all contributed items. The new 5,000 items focus on Albert in a handful of key areas: his role as a father, as a husband, as a reformer of the Royal Household, as a visionary, and a patron of photography.

Century-old sunshine: Photos of an Edwardian family enjoying summer holidays are saved from the refuse tip (The Independent)

The Independent: Century-old sunshine: Photos of an Edwardian family enjoying summer holidays are saved from the refuse tip. “John Thomson, 43, discovered 400 photos on glass plate negatives and rolls of film when he was working in a secondhand book shop 12 years ago…. John, from Bath, Somerset, started processing the pictures using his smartphone and online software and shared them on Twitter.”

Saffron Walden Reporter: Essex village celebrates 1,000 years of memories with new archive

Saffron Walden Reporter: Essex village celebrates 1,000 years of memories with new archive. “St Botolph’s Church in Hadstock was consecrated 1,001 years ago, with celebrations marking the milestone throughout 2020 and 2021. Hadstock’s online archive has been launched at the end of the celebrations as a record of 1,000 years in the life of an Essex village.” Read the article and see all everything they did for the archive.

King’s College London: Five Objects connecting Shakespeare and the Royal Family

King’s College London: Five Objects connecting Shakespeare and the Royal Family. “Shakespeare in the Royal Collection is a three-year AHRC-funded research project exploring the relationship between Shakespeare and the royal family in the centuries since Shakespeare’s death. A team of researchers have created an online database containing all the Shakespeare-related items in the Royal Collection (including paintings, books, drawings, prints, letters, essays, decorative objects, furniture and photographs), which anyone can explore.”

The Guardian: Oh what a lovely archive: British Library gets Joan Littlewood treasure trove

The Guardian: Oh what a lovely archive: British Library gets Joan Littlewood treasure trove. “It is cheering to learn that the Murray Melvin Archive, documenting the story of the Theatre Royal Stratford East from 1884 to 2017, has been donated to the British Library. Students and theatre buffs will soon have access to a treasure trove that provides a portrait not just of a building but also of the work of one of the great, unsung pioneers of postwar theatre, Joan Littlewood.”

Lonely Planet: New online database tracks historic ‘witch marks’ carved into England’s trees

Lonely Planet: New online database tracks historic ‘witch marks’ carved into England’s trees. “A new online database has launched that allows users to browse more than 100 examples of graffiti etched on trees in the New Forest in England. The New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) has curated examples of symbols and writing on trees at the national park, some of which date back hundreds of years, including marks from those seeking protection from witches.”

Christian Science Monitor: Once struggling, Britain’s corner shops give comfort to UK shoppers

Christian Science Monitor: Once struggling, Britain’s corner shops give comfort to UK shoppers. “For many years, there has been real concern that the heart and soul of Britain’s traditional towns and villages have been disappearing. Superstores expanded into almost every neighborhood, competing heavily on price and offering the convenience of everything under one roof. Now, the pandemic has shoppers abandoning the big supermarkets and out-of-town stores that had come to dominate the British retail landscape. And Dunorlan Park Stores is one of thousands of corner shops and independent stores that saw an overall 63% surge in trade at the peak of the lockdown in the United Kingdom, according to analyst firm Kantar. The question plaguing the big, billion-dollar grocers such as Tesco and Asda is whether this abrupt change might become permanent.”

BBC: John Laing workers’ summer holiday photos added to archive

BBC: John Laing workers’ summer holiday photos added to archive. “Pictures of post-war workers heading off on their summer holidays have been added to an online archive. Historic England has spent almost two years digitising 10,000 pictures from the John Laing Photographic Collection for public viewing online. The latest and last to be added are 700 pictures taken by John Laing photographers for the construction firm’s in-house newsletter Team Spirit.”

ITV: Mr Punch is back! Traditional seaside entertainment returns to Teignmouth as lockdown eases

ITV: Mr Punch is back! Traditional seaside entertainment returns to Teignmouth as lockdown eases. “Mr Punch may have begun performing in the 17th Century but Dr [Tony] Lidington has updated his story for the modern age. The seaside and people’s enjoyment of it has also changed. Dr Lidington says ‘I’m interested in the way that seasides have evolved over the last 250 years for the British as a kind of playground. They were designed as somewhere that people could play and have fun. They would have exercise and fresh air but also a place of sanctuary and excitement and romance’.” Dr. Lidington has gotten funding for a digital archive.

The FA: As New English Women’s Football Archive Launches, Do You Have Anything Of Interest?

The FA: As New English Women’s Football Archive Launches, Do You Have Anything Of Interest?. “The history of the women’s game in England is set to be brought to life for the first time thanks to an innovative digital archive project which will create a new virtual exhibition, celebrating historical moments in the development of women’s football.”

Express & Star: Second World War photos to be preserved in Express & Star online archive

Express & Star: Second World War photos to be preserved in Express & Star online archive. “Hundreds of historic photographs dating back to the Second World War will be the next to be preserved for future generations as part of the Express & Star photo archive project.” There is already a substantial amount of content in the archive, which is why it gets filed under New instead of Around.