I’m a big supporter of museums, especially the Surrey Heath Museum. As custodians of items of historic and cultural value, they’re an important educational and leisure resource, giving context to the past of Surrey Heath.
I often see researchers in the museum scouring the content of old newspapers. With newspapers now less able to record significant local community events, through media fragmentation, there’s an increasing need for the amateur recorder to fill the void.
I’m not sure the word amateur is the right word to describe the exploits of Paul Deach, or the likes of Alan Meeks of the Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club, to be the ones to fill the void. A better term to describe them is possibly citizen journalist.
In the photo is Paul Deach, founder of the Surrey Heath Residents Blog, and me. It was taken while Paul was videoing the opening of the Surrey Heath Museum exhibition on Nepali Connections. This was a significant local cultural event, celebrating the local Nepalese population, both first and second generations. The local press didn’t cover the event, but Paul Deach did. That’s my point. I’ll make sure that Paul’s entire video of the event is added to the Museum collection. Otherwise, they’ll be no record for future researchers.
Now you might consider this an excuse to show a photo of me with a garland of flowers. I couldn’t possibly comment. Although, I will say that it was one of the most memorable and pleasing events of our mayoral year.