Readers are being consulted on how a regional daily can best utilise its 100-yer-old old archive containing around a million photographs.
The Express & Star, Wolverhampton, has launched a survey to give readers their say on what types of images from the archive would interest them most as part of a project to digitise the collection.
The results of the consultation will allow the group working on the project to prioritise its initial work.
It is hoped the outcome will show if our readers are most interested in historic photos of local personalities, sport, war, buildings and landmarks or crime and punishment.
The team also wants to know if readers would be interested to attend talks on the photos, see education sessions set up for schools, colleges and universities or join guided town walks and heritage trails.
The project has so far received more than £80,000 of funding from sources including the newspaper’s publisher the Midland News Association, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the University of Wolverhampton.
The photos, once digitised, will be freely available for the public to view online.
Editor Keith Harrison told readers: “Photographers from the Express & Star have been on hand to photograph events and communities across the Black Country for more than a century.
“This collection documents the people who make this region so great and the history they share.
“Readers can play a vital part in the next stage of the project by giving their views on how the archive can be best used by local communities.
“These pictures tell hundreds of thousands of stories. We want you to tell us how these stories can be best shared with future generations.”
The closing date for completed surveys is Friday 21 August.