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Weekly launches bid to create photographic history of patch

An independent weekly has launched a bid to create a photographic history of its patch online.

The Rotherham Advertiser is set to create an archive of old pictures and memories for readers to browse.

The idea came about after deputy news editor Adele Forrest discovered the below picture of two Rotherham punks in the 1970s.

A planned exhibition has also been touted, although this has been shelved due to the coronavirus crisis.


Editor Andrew Mosley told HTFP: “We often have people asking to look through our archives for stories and pictures and we are hopefully soon going to be in a place where we can offer this.

“Through the lockdown we have been producing features from our archive which have proved really popular and people have been writing to us and ringing in with ideas.

“Our deputy news editor Adele Forrest found the picture of the two young punks and suggested an exhibition, but obviously coronavirus restrictions put paid to that and the idea of creating an evolving online archive was formulated.

“People have reacted positively and have started to send in their pictures. We also want their memories and are planning a section dedicated to people’s coronavirus stories.

“We want to create a really strong archive that reflects real Rotherham life and tells the stories of the people who live here.”