Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to write in with information on the University Archives’ collection of 1988 ‘mystery’ photographs. We received a terrific response and a significant amount of information on the people and situations captured by photographer Peter Thurmer. Of the 23 images displayed, we now have information on 15 images (see below).
Everyone who was able to identify a person or place went into the draw for a copy of Rob Linn’s history of the University, The Spirit of Knowledge. The winner was Kate Leeson, who was able to recognize the person in image 22 as Graham Abbott, then Conductor-In-Residence at the Elder Conservatorium.
For the Archives this was a successful experiment in ‘crowdsourcing’ which has resulted in the substantial enhancement of a collection of photographs – in this case the re-creation of missing metadata. The information sent in will be added to the University Archives’ internal database and online Guide to Records. This means that the collection will more discoverable and therefore far more likely to be used.
There remain a considerable number of unnamed photographs from the 1988 ‘Faces of Learning’ project. In the New Year we’ll digitise these and repeat the process in the hope of receiving further information on this valuable record of the University of a quarter of a century ago.
Afterword: More information again has come in via the University’s facebook page.