Vote to digitise the Weston Mercury newspapers
PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 June 2015
A HISTORIAN has launched a campaign to immortalise the Weston Mercury archives by transferring them to digital.
There is only one complete archive of the Weston Mercury and its predecessor the Weston Gazette, and the copies are disintegrating over time.
John Crockford-Hawley discussed the issue with the Weston Museum working party on Weston Town Council, and suggested the newspapers be digitised.
He said: “The only complete run of the Weston Mercury and Weston Gazette is to be found in the British Library.
“The Mercury’s own hard copy collection was largely destroyed in a flood some years ago and Weston Museum’s collection is nowhere near complete and much of what is in store is unusable with brittle paper disintegration taking place.
“The British Library’s microfiche version is in a terrible state and becoming less readable by the month. Full digitalisation would be superb but it’s a slow process and without any timetable.”
Cllr Crockford-Hawley suggested using the British Library’s online voting system in order to speed the process up.
The British Newspaper Archive, in partnership with the British Library, is digitising its collection of newspapers.
They are not being done in a particular order, but members of the public can express an opinion and vote for their favourites and popular items will receive higher priority.
If enough people vote for Weston’s papers, they may go online more quickly.
To vote, visit: http://help-and-advice.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/forums/243704-newspapers-we-should-add-next