Fill your boots… it’s boom time

I ‘d just like to draw attention to a couple of blog posts here for the benefit readers. I know I’ve plugged both of these authors recently, but to be quite honest, their work is blowing me away. We really are living in excellent times for local history – so many people are coming forward with their stories, unhindered by publishers and commercial pressure.

This is what the internet should be about. Creative people, inquisitively interacting with the world around them and their histories, then publishing their work free to others to enjoy, explore and read. Please check them out.

First up is a spectacular piece of work posted last night by top Lichfield Council geographic data boffin Gareth Thomas. Gareth has been pioneering collaboration with local blogs like mine, and has taken the cue and created a wonderful piece about a lost isolation hospital near Lichfield. There are, of course, echoes in my own work about the similar facility at Barracks Lane. I love the way Gareth has employed maps and material from disparate sources, and woven the whole thing together.

Wonderful use of historic source material really lights up an unknown story. Click on the image to visit Gareth’s post.

For a map geek like me, this is a masterpiece. It’ll blow your socks off.

Secondly, there’s another instalment from Susan Marie Ward’s Staffordshirebred blog about her family’s experiences in wartime Lynn, near Stonnall. Again, I covered a previous post on Susan’s blog last week,  but I can’t overstate the local significance of this material. The historical detail about the searchlight is worth it alone. The tale itself is wonderful and captivating.

Aunty Mary didn’t take any bull. Clcik on the image to visit Susan Marie Ward’s post at Staffordshirebred.

I want to grab the world by the collar and shout about how good this stuff is. That isn’t normal, is it?

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  • Graeme Fisher

    Grab the world by the collar? Of course that’s normal. Such gems deserve the widest audience possible.

  1. A new resolution | BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog  November 4, 2012

    […] Gareth Thomas was good to his word, and rescanned last week’s 1971 images of Clayhanger  at a much higher resolution. The fragment below, showing Clayhanger Refuse Tip, or ‘The Spot’ as it was known, can be seen below. […]

  2. The mystery of The Lost Stonnall Hoard | BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog  November 7, 2012

    […] to donate the aerial photos you clearly found so useful recently, the least you can do is credit Gareth Thomas who went to the rouble of scanning the and sending them to the blog. […]

  3. Rock and coal | BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog  November 17, 2012

    […] is certain to create debate, comment and further articles. Alerted to it in the last week by both Gareth Thomas (Geographical whizz from Lichfield District Council) and Paul Daniel (data whizz behind the mechanism that keeps local news site The YamYam running so […]

  4. Learning to drive on Big K car park… | BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog  November 18, 2012

    […] keep saying this, but it’s true. There’s never been a better time to be into local history than now. So many people writing such great stuff, all unhindered by commercialism. Long may it […]


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