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Diss man appeals for help in preserving and displaying snapshots of our past

An appeal has been issued for people to unearth old slides showing scenes from bygone eras, so they can be converted into a digital format, displayed and preserved.

Nick Woods, who lives just off Frenze Road in Diss, is offering to convert any slides free of charge, provided he can use a single copy to put together a website filled with images from the region’s past.

The project, which he has named Slides Through History, aims to digitise and preserve images from south Norfolk and north Suffolk from years gone by so they can be enjoyed as part of a permanent online library.

Nick Woods is creating Slides Through Life.	Picture: Mecha Morton.
Nick Woods is creating Slides Through Life. Picture: Mecha Morton.

The 60-year-old said: “History is so important and a legacy that should be preserved for future generations. Clothing, buildings and street scenes are all important, while the random nature of unknown slides really interests me.

“I’m hoping people will check their lofts and cupboards for any lost slides that might provide a snapshot of our past.

“We must remember that photographic slides were from a pre-digital time, when you couldn’t delete what you didn’t like, meaning pictures from that time were more honest.

“I’m happy to collect locally and return, along with crediting those who contribute.”

Mr Woods developed an interest in slides after inheriting a large photographic collection when his father died 20 years ago, and has been working to convert and safeguard slides ever since.

If you have any slides at home that you would like to see digitised, email nick.woodsuk@btopenworld.com.

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