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Cromer community history day with a difference

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 October 2010

Students from Cromer have hosted a community history day with a twist.

The Cromer High School students took part in the event, at Merchants Place, Cromer on Wednesday, , where people were invited to dig out their old photos of Cromer, Norfolk and the world and bring them along.

History students from the school then helped in uploading the pictures as well as the stories behind them, on to a computer.

The photos were then put into Historypin, a digital archive system, which is aiming to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.

The system also has technology which allows people to layer their old images on to modern Google Street View scenes.

One of those taking part in the day was Kieran Gregory, 15.

He said: “There has been a real mixture of people who have come in and they have brought a good range of pictures with them.

“I have liked hearing the stories behind the pictures and finding out about the history of Cromer.”

John Dobson, a volunteer with the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, took part in the event and brought along pictures and gave a talk on the Cromer rescue mission involving SS Georgia in 1927.

He said: “This event has been absolutely wonderful. I was really impressed with how quickly things can be archived, at the click of a button.”

As well as being uploaded onto the Historypin system, the pictures will also be used by Cromer High students for history studies.


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