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A local history society has created a project that could interest a whole new generation of people in learning more about their roots.
Aireborough Historical Society has collected almost 4,000 photographs since it was founded in 1957 and these form a valuable snapshot of life in Yeadon, Guiseley and Rawdon during wartime, peace and festivities, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
However, the pictures were just sitting in a series of boxes without many residents even knowing they existed – so the members decided to start putting them online.
Eighteen months later, the project is almost completed and people can trawl back through hundreds of years of history to look at how their ancestors lived. They can even choose the images they like and have a calendar made from them, with the profits going towards the Aireborough Historical Society’s continuing maintenance.
"It helps to build up a knowledge of the area," said member Roger Halliwell.
However, the solution chosen by this society might be somewhat slow for others around the country. For example, the centenary of the start of the First World War is in August next year, so lots of clubs, museums and other groups will no doubt be keen to get their own archived photos of the event online for members of the public to browse.
If it takes them 18 months, there won’t be enough time to do this and researchers could miss out. Instead, why not call in the professionals? Dajon Data Management offers solutions for clients of all sizes, from huge corporations to tiny operations and can scan documents ranging from photos and maps to microfilm.
We even collect your items – and once they’ve all been scanned, they’re completely searchable within your own archives or online for members of the public, so all kinds of information could come to light that had been forgotten.