National Archive request

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National Archive request

Post by chris » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:42 am

The British National Yachting Archive have sent me the following request for help:

Hi all,

Firstly, please excuse this 'round robin' message - BNYA has an ambition to identify unknown sources of information about the history of our wonderful sport so the more widely we can extend our reach, the more likely we are to achieve that.

Until now, we have been developing our tools and database so that we can make full use of information that is discovered - do take a look at the web site to see how we are getting on. We currently have two key strands:

to find out "who has got what" - we need people to find out from their ancestors, family, colleages, crew, etc., or their own resources, information from the past about boats, people, events, etc. information such as stories and photographs, stuff that may have languished for years, all of which may add to the sum knowledge. Probably every yacht/sailing club has long-standing members who have been active in the past and only they will know some of this stuff. We will also need help with picking through and listing the contents and making useful descriptions. Do please contact us if you know of a source that should be followed up.

since BNYA is a 'virtual archive' digitisation is key. This enables collections of material to remain intact and with the owner whilst offering access to researchers. A range of equipment is needed to do this satisfactorily and we are currently campaigning to raise funds to increase our capacity. In addition to income from membership, we have joined an initiative to receive commission on purchases that you make - at no cost to yourself, retailers will contribute to BNYA funds - and if Christmas purchases can be included, then we would hope to be able to move forward on that in the new year. Full details here so do please sign up and hopefully we can move quickly to the next level on this.

In the first instance, please reply with a note about information you may have that could be useful and we'll find a way forward. Also, please feel free to forward this message to any contacts that you feel would also be interested - thanks. In the second instance, do please sign up so that we can start earning commission on your purchases - thanks again.

Best regards, David Elliott

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