Photo archive project worthy of support

Posted Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Chris Leggett under News

Editorial executive Tom Graham writes: The Express & Star’s bid for Heritage Lottery Fund money to preserve its photo archive is a major step towards ensuring this priceless collection is available for future generations.

By making Britain’s biggest selling regional newspaper’s photographs available to the public in a digital format, local people will be able to enjoy this unrivalled document of the past for many years to come.

The Black Country has undoubtedly one of the richest histories in Britain, and we want future generations to be able to share that by having access to amazing photographs from through the centuries.

Photographing events and people across the Black Country and beyond, the newspaper has been on hand to record all aspects of local life, good and bad.

We have been there to document not only key events, but also the quirky goings on of everyday life.

The trust established by the Express & Star means people have let the newspaper record their lives through photography for almost as long as photos have been taken in this region.

The Graham family is proud to have owned the Express & Star for more than a century, having been involved with the newspaper since the 1880s.

It is a Black Country success story, growing from its origins in Wolverhampton to be a leading light in newspapers in this country.

As we move into the digital age, it is reassuring to think that the Express & Star’s collection could be preserved forever and enjoyed by generations to come.

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