Thursday, 31 January 2013

Life's Clock

Not sure how this came to be in my Nanna's belongings but here it is.
A little card with a poem about a clock.
And its from Freda and Harry.... from Brierfield!
I wonder where the Wigglesworth Arms used to be?

before grubbing work began on Brierfield Mill, kerry collected all the mill clocks - some still ticking. They now sit, like a museum exhibit, in a glass case, in the room at the back of the library. 

Brierfield Mill clock is still. Stuck in time. We would like to see it tic again - looking forward, in the present, to tomorrow. tic toc. tic toc. tic toc. 

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Soul Deconstruction

The archive is filling up nicely with lots of offers from other soulies keen to be a part of this unique record of all things soul in the North of England.
It was a real pleasure to have Roy 'Speed' Stewart make another significant contribution...
 in the form of his legendary dance moves.
 Yes... that's right, we actually broke down some of his favourite combinations...
capturing them on video as part of the growing cultural archive, here in Pendle.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Talking Records

We added some of Roy's favourite albums to the Recorded Soul archive today.
We don't copy the music, just photograph the album cover and log it in the journal, giving it a number which corresponds to the relevant high quality digital photograph in the archive.
 We also recorded Roy sharing his memories and stories connected to particular soul tracks and people from the scene. Roy also explained why some 45s have holes in them, some are heavier than others and why one of his 45s has a blank side.

 Next Wednesday from 10am, we are going to try and video archive some of Roy's famous dance moves.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Recorded Soul #1

You know libraries are changing when... 
you can plug in your old mini-record player (tiny speakers on side)...
dig out your old (& rare) 45s... 
 and enjoy them...
 while compiling the first instalment of the 'Recorded Soul Archive' here in Brierfield Library.
Legendary dancer Roy Stewart photographed and logged around 40 of his vinyl collection which officially launches the archive of soul music in the North of England.

As the archive grows, we anticipate that it will become accessible to the public. Watch this space.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Archiving the Soul

Roy is keen to start up the countries (possibly the worlds) first site-specific digital archive of Soul.
Next Wednesday 10am till 11am, we will start the archive officially by documenting his own personal Vinyl Collection here at Brierfield Library.
If you would like to contribute things to the archive, whether its a story worth recording or a record worth a story, then please join us and be a part of this unique historical document of all things Soul in the North of England.