Heritage photos wanted for book project

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PAM.JONES

@alliedpress.co.nz

A project that is recording Clyde’s history has prompted a call for more photos of the town’s heritage.

The Clyde Historical Museums project has involved museums committee members and Clyde photographer Sue Noble-Adams choosing photos from the museums’ collection of historic Clyde for a book called Clyde Then and Now

Mrs Noble-Adams then took modern-day photos of some of the areas and buildings featured in the old photos, and is adding text to the book as well.

The 40-page A4-sized fundraising book is almost finished and will be published in time for sale at the Alexandra Blossom Festival.

It will feature about 100 historic photos, including of old Clyde hotels, gold mining, rabbiting and fruit growing.

It was the first time the Clyde museums group had done a book project, and it was possible more would be done, museums curator John Hanning said. A “part two” book featuring other historical photos from the museum’s collection could follow.

The Clyde museums had more than 1000 photos in its archives, including from many family photo albums donated to the museum, Mr Hanning said.

But the museum was always keen to receive more photos, he said.

The Clyde project was a reminder of how precious old photos were, and anyone with historic photos, including of people whose identities were unknown, was encouraged to contact the museum.

The photos could be scanned electronically and returned to people, or donations of hard-copy photos were also welcome, Mr Hanning said.

The book was a fundraiser for the Clyde museums, and proceeds would go towards consolidation and caretaking of the museums’ collections in preparation for their future transfer to a proposed new museum in Clyde, museums committee member Carol Haig said.

She said the Clyde museums, and the book project, were “about preserving the past for the future” and committee members were passionate about protecting Clyde’s history.

Mrs Noble-Adams, who has published similar books about Alexandra and Cromwell and various fundraising historic calendars, said she was equally passionate about Central Otago’s history, and was enjoying putting the book together.