Autumn 2020 - What’s happening at Halstead Heritage Museum? – By John Walmsley
This is Stuart Lock who has been researching Cut Hedge and the Gosfield School along with Geoff Copsey, to create an archive of the house and boarding school. Both these individuals met at Cut Hedge, where Stuart was an IT technician. Formerly both were educated at the school. Together they have for several years been searching back issues of the Halstead Gazette for Cut Hedge related items.
Whilst the Museum was based at the Mill, Stuart volunteered to help us scan a vast collection of Halstead Gazette negatives that had been donated by the paper to The Society and the earlier ones donated by the Geoff Root Estate. The picture is of Stuart, returning the last boxes on the 28th of June 2020 after his gargantuan task. This picture was taken exactly three years to the day after he had returned the first batch of negatives. He finally completed this massive undertaking by downloading the last scanned images on to our computer.
Stuart has scanned in excess of 41,000 negatives, along with the indexing and cataloguing of each item. Also, he has matched where possible, every picture with the relevant published newspaper article. He has done all of this from the confines of his own home and in his own time.
The museum has several computers and laptops in
use by our volunteers. Stuart has helped us with his expertise and also by
providing and installing, at great cost to himself, hardware that enables all
our equipment to be synced as one. Only a few of the museum volunteers have
knowledge of Stuart’s existence. The Society wishes to extend thanks and
gratitude for the countless hours of work that Stuart has committed to this
task, for the benefit of the Society and the Museum.