How to make this collection into an organised archive . . . well six months down the line with help from Professor John Goodridge and hours of toil from Colin Haynes there is progress. We now have nearly 200 box files, numbered and listed by alphabetical subject. The number of large boxes is dwindling as the contents get put into their subject box file. Recordings are also being listed and local interest, in particular St Ann’s history, collected together. It is very rewarding seeing the start of a system and perhaps a glimmer of these being made available for others to enjoy and use. It is also a snapshot of a forty-year period of social change, the early days of popular television. Seeing the handwritten notes crafted into a television or radio programme - a treat.
What now? Well there are more boxes to come, Ray had a work room in Manchester which is being sorted to join the rest in Nottingham Trent and I hope that next year we can start to see how to get this archive to a point where it can be used and enjoyed. I plan to update over the months and please contact with any ideas, comments etc.
Oh! - found in one of the boxes - Ray’s comment on the archive
" Left to my own will my concern is for my papers – 90% of which should be taken to the tip and enter the district heating scheme. True, but the 10% aye to find the 10%. The paper mountains are a heck of a mess – but within them is quite a lot of valuable stuff – archive value, intrinsic value and as a whole a museum of its own worth. It might need more shelving. Thanks Ray. "