Now in my 70`s, it has been a concern for
many years that due to ill health or other problems that may arise, I
may no longer be able to maintain the web site.
Over the past couple of years, it has proved unsuccessful to find anyone
with sufficient spare time to take on this challenge
Since its launch in 2001, I have run this site single handed with my time
calculated to be in excess of 10,000 hours and with financial costs running
into four figures.
I have been urged by several close friends to consider archiving the site
into some form of book, which I should publish.
This has turned out totally impractical, due to the high cost of printing
a 350 page book in full colour
The cost per book would be so high, that
it would never be financially viable.
****Another concept would be to save each
topic as a PDF file and make that available on a DVD ?
However, this would mean a very lengthy process of manipulating every
web page into an A4 format
A web page in reality is one long page. It would require dividing the
page into individual A4 pages, that would result in images possibly appearing
half on one page and the other half on another page
Then each Chapter ( previously topic) would require the top banner removed
and the left hand index menu deleted.
This would mean realigning the page text
Very time consuming
Then during April 2019, I received an email from the British Library which
|Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet
The British Library would like to archive your website in our archives
and to make it publicly available. The Web Archive was established
in 2004 to capture and archive websites from the UK domain and across
the web, responding to the challenge of a digital black hole in
the nations memory. It contains only specially selected websites
that represent different aspects of UK heritage on the web, as well
as important global events. We work closely with leading international
institutions to collect and permanently preserve the web
I submitted the enclosed application which
required numerous undertakings in order to agree with their T&C`s
(a)Did the site contain any copyright material owned by a 3rd party?
(b)Was there any paid advertising and was the site subject to 3rd part
(c)Did I own the copyright on all the material published on the website
I submitted the application and within a week, I received a reply to acknowledge
the site had been archived.
|This web site has
now been downloaded in the British Library Archives, which also includes
the National Library of Scotland; the National Library of Wales; Bodleian
Libraries, Oxford; University Library, Cambridge; and the Library
of Trinity College, Dublin
So its now available to view in the reading
rooms of all these fine Institutions.
The site is alreeady used by Essex University,
Anglia University, Liverpool University and Manchester University into
their research of a typical Victorian Industrial village
So now the web site has been recorded hopefully
for many generations to come and read about life in our rural village.
I have now started to archive the web site
into a pdf format as I described above
I am currently on the 20th topic (Chambers) which has amounted to over
110 A4 pages, then converted into one PDF file
I estimate this may take 6 months or more to achieve
Then of course, there is the Mount Bures and the Bures at War site to