Dorset Archives Trust is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to digitise more of local photographer Graham Herbert’s collection.
The collection, of over 7,000 packets of photographic negatives, is a unique record of the social history of the area. Herbert captured many aspects of local life, including festivals and performances; shop displays and interiors; street scenes and every-day occurrences; and agricultural and industrial work.
The negatives are on acetate which decays over time. Vinegar syndrome leads to warping, bubbling and channelling which destroys the photo forever. There is no treatment to stop or reverse this condition.
It’s a race against time to digitise the collection to save these photographs for future generations. The collection is housed in climate controlled storage at Dorset History Centre.
Dorset Archives Trust needs to raise vital funds to save this collection. The aim is to raise £8,000 to digitise the photos before they decay. Any help you can provide to supporting and promoting this campaign would be gratefully appreciated. Read more about the project, and pledge your support at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-herberts-weymouth