BBC: Sheffield knife-makers: More cutlery history unearthed . “More than 100 people have answered an online plea for more information about knife-makers from the steel city of Sheffield. The Name on a Knife Blade project found new stories and unrecorded knives made in the South Yorkshire city after its search for descendants in September. One man even donated his own personal collection of Sheffield-made blades.”
CoinWeek: Revived ANA Money Museum Exhibit Now Online. “The ANA Money Museum’s exhibit, ‘Coins, Crown & Conflict: An Exploration of Cromwell’s England’ – originally displayed in 2007-08 – can now be appreciated virtually. The popular exhibit was based on the history of the English Civil Wars and featured some of the great rarities of English coins (including the Petition Crown), as well as a number of early American coins.” The article outlines several other online exhibits available from the American Numismatic Association’s money museum.
BBC: Bradford Christopher Pratt photos show ‘side of life that disappeared’. “A Bradford boy’s pictures depicting ‘a side of life that has disappeared’ from the city have gone online. The exhibition, called Lad Wi’ Camera, shows the early photographs of Christopher Pratt, who was born in the city in 1888. He started to take pictures in about 1900 when he would have been aged 12.” Surprisingly good photography, especially for a early 20th century kid.
From last month and I missed it. Apologies to the British Library: Heritage Made Digital: Tudor and Stuart manuscripts go online. “The British Library is home to a world-class collection of manuscripts dating from the time of the Tudors and Stuarts. Over the past few years, we have been undertaking a major programme, known as Heritage Made Digital, with the intention of publishing online more treasures from the Library’s collections. This includes approximately 600 of these Tudor and Stuart manuscripts. Today, we’re very pleased to let you know that the first batch are available to view on our Digitised Manuscripts site — a list is published below.”
A fun genealogy puzzle from the BBC: Are you descended from Sheffield’s famous knife makers?. “A search is under way to find the descendants of the many families behind the firms that made knives in the steel city of Sheffield.
People can consult a list of knife-makers online and see if they share a surname using a digital archive. The city’s Ken Hawley Collection has about 1,500 stainless steel knives made by almost 1,000 different makers.”
Liverpool Echo: Liverpool anti-racism campaigner to be honoured in ‘innovative’ archive project. “A prominent Liverpool anti-racism campaigner who spent 40 years fighting for social justice is to be honoured in a new archive project with Writing on the Wall and Liverpool Record Office which explores the Liverpool 8 community’s struggles against racism and inequality. Activist Solomon Bassey, known as Solly, who died in 2017, was the resource centre manager of the Liverpool 8 Law Centre until he retired prior to its closure in 2010.”
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. “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.
Phys .org: New evidence helps form digital reconstruction of most important medieval shrine. “The shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, the most important pilgrimage destination in medieval England—visited for hundreds of years by pilgrims seeking miraculous healing—has been digitally reconstructed for the public, according to how experts believe it appeared before its destruction.”
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.”
Adam Matthew: Adam Matthew Digital announces publication of ‘Poverty, Philanthropy and Social Conditions in Victorian Britain’. “Adam Matthew Digital has today announced the publication of ‘Poverty, Philanthropy and Social Conditions in Victorian Britain ’, a vital resource for the study and teaching of life in Victorian Britain. With material drawn from the British Library, the National Archives, UK and the Family Welfare Association Library housed at Senate House Library, UK, this unique collection offers insight and perspective on welfare reform and the social tensions surrounding poverty at the time.”
Ramblers: Find. Map. Save: join the search to save thousands of miles of lost historic paths. “An estimated 10,000 miles of historic paths – the equivalent of the distance from London to Sydney – are thought to be missing from the map in England and Wales. These historic paths are a vital part of our heritage, describing how people have travelled over the centuries, yet if they are not claimed by 2026, we risk losing them forever. We want to build a movement of ‘citizen geographers’ to help find all these missing rights of way before it’s too late.”
I found this but only after Ruth O. tipped me to a different article. The Construction Index: History revealed in John Laing photo archive. “Historic England and the John Laing Charitable Trust have launched a 21-month project that explores the history of constructing modern Britain through the John Laing Photographic Collection. Historic England holds Laing’s entire photographic collection of around 230,000 images. Breaking New Ground is a project that will digitise, conserve, catalogue and make accessible 10,000 images from this collection of social and industrial history.”
The Conversation: How tattoos became fashionable in Victorian England. “…we carried out the largest analysis of tattoos ever undertaken, examining 75,688 descriptions of tattoos, on 57,990 convicts in Britain and Australia from 1793 to 1925. We used data-mining techniques to extract information embedded within broader descriptive fields of criminal records, and we linked this information with extensive evidence about the personal characteristics and backgrounds of our subjects. Because the meanings of tattoos are often so difficult to fathom, we used visualisations to identify patterns of use and juxtapositions of particular designs.” This new database of tattoos is one of the new datasets from Digital Panopticon. There’s another new feature that lets you search convicts by occupation.
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.