Express & Star photo archive team join Twitter celebration

Posted Thursday, April 18, 2019 by Chris Leggett under News Uncategorized

The photo archive Twitter account

The Express & Star photo archive Twitter account is taking part in the #Archive30 campaign taking place throughout April.

Archive30 is organised to celebrate archives and the history they preserve, as well as marking the work and dedication shown by those who work behind the scenes.

Every day the photo archive team are posting a photo based on the theme of the day.  Visit the Twitter page here: https://twitter.com/ESPhotoArchive

Web users flocked to the new Express & Star photo archive website when the resource went live for free to the public last month.

In the first three weeks, 7,000 users clocked up 100,000 page impressions as they trawled the new resource, admiring images from the region’s industrial past which had not been seen since they appeared on the pages of the region’s most popular local newspaper in years gone by.

Around 3,000 historic photos of the Black Country and its surrounding areas have been digitised for future generations and published on the website: https://photo-archive.expressandstar.co.uk/

The Express & Star Photographic Collection partnership, co-ordinated with the University of Wolverhampton and council-run City Archives, received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to digitise photographs dating back over the past century.

After volunteers gave the equivalent of 260 working days, the launch realised the partnership’s ambition of making the photos available through a single web portal, allowing free on-line public access for the first time.

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