The Ipswich Society website on Flickr is developing slowly but very well. The most recent additions have been images from the awards ceremonies of recent years. The best way to access it is through the Society website [shown at the top of page 23]. Look for the Links button: there's a connection straight through.
There are 6,335 images from various slide collections donated to the Society, as well as albums relating to special events. We really are particularly indebted to Tony Hill, Chris Wiltshire and Ruth Serjeant for their early work on the slide collection and the digitisation; these 'Masterminds' have a neat shot to themselves. More recently another member, Pete Cooper, spent a swift month or two adding descriptions to a vast number of the images; Richard and Jean Attenborrow have assisted in this process, too.
A recent diversion for use of the images on the website has been by one of the members of the Executive Committee: Tim Leggett who has trawled the collection and matched ancient and not so ancient slides with modern ones which he has taken during the course of the summer. He calls this collection Ipswich Society Comparison Photos. You are able to view the two images at once and to make real comparisons between how things used to be and how things are today.
Tim has taken a very clever idea and developed it and one can only hope that other members might care to come up with new approaches to the use of the archive and bring them to our notice. Tim's Flickr site can be found HERE.
A final thing that makes the archive so special is the reaction of people finding the images. One only has to go onto the website and read the comments to see how well appreciated we are by lots of people in the town, and beyond:
Awesome archive, congratulations! I'm working professionally with individuals from Ipswich in profound disassociative states and this archive is bringing back both the joys and pain of controlled remembering for them. These photos are very powerful tools; keep up the good work, thanks for the memories.