January 2014 – Save Photo Limited
have discovered what may be the earliest surviving original images of Winston
Churchill. They were discovered in the Hills and Saunders Harrow Collection,
which they were contracted to digitise, conserve and catalogue for the private
owner. The collection was found in poor condition in the dairy barn of a farm
outside Cirencester in 2012. The private owner and Save Photo rescued the collection and relocated it
to a secure and climate controlled storage at Save Photo’s headquarters in
Warwickshire. Save Photo are carefully cleaning, cataloguing, storing and
digitising the images for future digital consumers to enjoy.
over 90 years, between 1860 and 1970, Hills and Saunders, photographers by
Royal Appointment, captured memorable images of Harrow schoolboys, their
families and the beautiful surrounds of this prestigious institution. This
collection, of over 90,000 glass plate negatives, is possibly the largest
surviving archive of its kind in the world. The Collection includes every member
of staff, pupil and sporting team from Harrow School between 1860 and 1965. Glass plates rarely survive due to their fragile nature and other
top public schools are known to have sold off or disposed of their plates.
Davies, Save Photo’s archivist, discovered the seven images of Winston
Churchill whilst she was matching individual pupils to the photographic plates
using the original photographers’ ledgers and
Seven plates have been discovered
that show Winston Churchill aged between 13 and 17, during his four years at
Harrow School as part of The Head Master’s House between 1889 and 1892, under
House Master Reverend Welldon. Six are from The Head Master’s House ‘Welldon’
group photographs and one photograph features him in the Harrow School Rifle
Corp. In The Head Master’s House group photographs Winston Churchill is
depicted through his years alternating between unhappiness and contentedness, reflecting
the statesman’s varied attitude towards his school years - though he didn’t
excel at school, he revisited Harrow many times. One can see his schoolboy maturation
during his years at Harrow, moving from the front to the back row. He can also be
seen dressed in military garb with the rifle Corp, having joined very early on.
One can see a keen alertness in his expression pointing towards his illustrious
military career ahead.
Churchill’s official biographer
Sir Martin Gilbert offered a valuable insight into Churchill’s school-life
attitude, writing: 'When,
at the height of the Blitz in 1940, Randolph accompanied his father to Harrow
for the annual school songs, Churchill told him, "Listening to those boys
singing all those well-remembered songs I could see myself fifty years before
singing those tales of great deeds and of great men and wondering how I could
ever do something glorious for my country." '
Martin Gilbert, Churchill, A Life.
Peter Boswell, Managing Director of Save Photo comments ‘Save Photo Limited has been very privileged
to work with such a unique collection of historical significance. Our team have
been working on an intensive programme of conservation and archiving. We have
been lovingly inspecting each photographic plate to ensure it is carefully
cleaned, recorded and stored in high quality archival sleeves. With the First
World War centenary events beginning this year, I am delighted that we have been
able to add these amazing lost images to the portfolio of known Churchill
The Winston Churchill plates that form part of the Hills and
Saunders Harrow Collection will be offered for sale at auction later this year,
details to be announced by the Private Owner in due course.
For more information
about Save Photo, the Hills and Saunders Harrow Collection or to request
interviews with Pete Boswell (Managing Director, Save Photo Limited), Lizzie
Davies (Archivist, Save Photo Limited) or Rita Boswell (Previous Harrow
Collection Archivist), please contact Claire Owen or Emma Double at Gong Muse firstname.lastname@example.org, 0207 935 4800, www.gongmuse.com.
is the UK’s leading scanning and digital asset development company specialising
in supplying digitisation and scanning services to many of the UK’s major
collections and archives.
from their National Scanning Centre in Warwickshire, they have developed
digital assets for many organisations and institutions that include the British
Film Institute and the Imperial War Museum.
design and manage bespoke end-to-end on-site or off-site projects that often
involve millions of images and documents. They offer a range of professionally
delivered services that include digitisation, cataloguing, meta-data, data
storage, DAM and digital optimisation for all formats and type of archives and
collections such as glass plates, negatives, slides, photographs, video, cine
film, publications and documents.
known ‘Photo Legacy’ scanning service for private consumers is available
nationwide through leading retailers, Tesco, Boots, and Jessop’s providing
people with a trusted photo scanning service for all their photographic, video
and cine family archives.
latest news and developments go to www.savephoto.com or follow on Twitter at
Save Photo are Official Digitisation & Scanning Partners of this amazing project.
Our teams have been working exclusively inside the Imperial War Museum's archives at Duxford for the last 6 months digitising photographs for this epic project. Press Release
IWM & brightsolid partner to create digital platform
IWM (Imperial War Museums) and brightsolid, the online publishing and technology arm of publishing group DC Thomson, are working in partnership to create Lives of the First World War – an innovative and interactive digital platform to mark the First World War Centenary.
Lives of the First World War will hold the stories of over 8 million men and women who served in uniform and worked on the home front. It will be the official place for communities across the world to connect, explore, reveal and share even more about these people’s lives.
This innovative platform will bring fascinating records from museums, libraries, archives and family collections across the globe together in one place. The team behind Lives of the First World War are working with national and international institutions and archives to make this happen.
Over the course of the centenary, Lives of the First World War will become a dynamic, permanent digital memorial - a significant digital legacy for future generations.
The platform will go live later this year, in time for the start of centenary commemorations from summer 2014. Further information, including a short film about Lives of the First World War can now be found at http://www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org.
Diane Lees, Director-General of IWM said: “The Imperial War Museum was established while the First World War was still being fought to ensure that future generations would understand the causes and consequences of the war and to remember the men and women who played their role.
“Now that the First World War is outside living memory, we are the voice of those veterans and the custodians of their stories – which we can now tell through Lives of the First World War. We will be encouraging people of all ages, in all communities to join us in this project to actively remember these men and women.
“I am delighted that IWM will be working with brightsolid. Their focus on innovation, their specialism in telling stories and making history accessible along with their international reach makes them our perfect partner on Lives of the First World War.”
Chris van der Kuyl, Chief Executive of brightsolid, said: “We are proud to be working with IWM to create a digital memorial that will be an enduring and fitting tribute to the men and women of the First World War. I am sure that as the centenary approaches, members of the public will deepen these stories by uploading their own content in order to create a rich narrative tapestry for every man or woman whose life was shaped by the War. “The UK has an incalculable wealth of historical archives. Institutions like IWM are world leaders in making those records available online to millions of people worldwide. We are only beginning to realise the cultural potential of these archives.”
The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January
28, 1986, when Space Shuttle
Challenger (mission STS-51-L)
broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew
members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the
coast of central Florida
at 11:38 EST
Disintegration of the entire vehicle began after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket
booster (SRB) failed at liftoff. The O-ring failure caused a breach
in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized hot gas from within the solid
rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB attachment
hardware and external fuel
tank. This led to the separation of the right-hand SRBs aft
attachment and the structural
failure of the external tank. Aerodynamic forces
promptly broke up the orbiter.
Just over 150 British and colonial
troops successfully defended the garrison against an intense assault by 3,000
to 4,000 Zulu warriors. The
massive, but piecemeal, Zulu
attacks on Rorke's Drift came very close to defeating the tiny garrison but
were ultimately repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were
awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours.
"1984" is an American television commercial which
introduced the Apple
Macintosh personal computer for the first time. It was conceived by Steve Hayden,
Brent Thomas and Lee Clow
produced by New York production company Fairbanks Films, and directed by Ridley Scott. Anya Major performed as
the unnamed heroine and David Graham
as Big Brother.
Its only U.S. daytime televised broadcast was on January 22, 1984 during
and as part of the telecast of the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII by CBS. Chiat/Day also ran
the ad one other time on television, in December 1983 right before the
1:00 am sign-off on KMVT
in Twin Falls,
Idaho, so that the advertisement could be submitted to award
ceremonies for that year. In addition, starting on January 17, 1984 it was
screened prior to previews in movie theaters for a few week. It has since been
seen on television commercial compilation specials, as well as in
"Retro-mercials" on TV Land.
In one interpretation of the commercial, "1984"
used the unnamed heroine to represent the coming of the Macintosh (indicated by
her white tank top
with a stylized line drawing of Apple’s Macintosh computer on it)
as a means of saving humanity from "conformity" (Big Brother).
These images were an allusion
to George Orwell's
noted novel, Nineteen
Eighty-Four, which described a dystopian future ruled by
a televised "Big Brother".
The rows of marching minions have direct cinematic parallels with those in the
opening scenes of the classic dystopian film Metropolis.
The estate of George Orwell and the television rightsholder to the novel 1984
considered the commercial to be a copyright infringement and sent a
cease-and-desist letter to Apple and Chiat/Day in April 1984.
Originally a subject of contention within Apple, it has
nevertheless consistently been lauded as a classic, winning critical acclaim
over time. It is now considered a watershed event and a masterpiece in
advertising, and is widely regarded as one of the most memorable and successful
American television commercials of all time.
The 1902 show premiered in Chicago and later to Broadway in
1903, where it ran for 293 performances from January 21, 1903 to December 31,
1904, followed by travelling tours of the original cast. It starred Anna
Laughlin as Dorothy Gale,
Fred Stone as The Scarecrow
and David C. Montgomery as the Tin Woodman (who is called
Niccolo Chopper in the musical [in the books, he had begun life as human Nick
Chopper]). Arthur Hill
(no relation to the Canadian actor) played the Cowardly Lion, but in this
version, his role was reduced to a bit part. An element from the show — the
snowfall caused by the Good Witch, which defeats the spell of the poppies that
had put Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion to sleep — was later used in the famous 1939 movie.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck,
wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured
by the European corporation Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS. It is the world's
largest passenger airliner and, due to its size, many airports have had to
upgrade their facilities to properly accommodate it. Initially named Airbus
A3XX, the aircraft was designed to challenge Boeing's monopoly in the
large-aircraft market; the A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and
began commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines.
Five A380s were built for testing
and demonstration purposes. The first A380, serial number MSN001
and registration F-WWOW,
was unveiled in Toulouse 18 January 2005. Its first flight took place at
10:29 am local time (08:29 UTC)
on 27 April 2005. This plane, equipped with Trent 900
engines, flew from Toulouse
Blagnac International Airport with a crew of six headed by chief test pilotJacques Rosay. After
landing, 3 hours 54 minutes later, Rosay said flying the A380 had been
"like handling a bicycle".
The A380's upper deck extends
along the entire length of the fuselage,
with a width equivalent to a wide-body aircraft. This allows for an A380-800's
cabin with 478 square metres (5,145.1 sq ft) of floor space; 49% more
floor space than the next-largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400 with 321
square metres (3,455.2 sq ft), and provides seating for 525 people in
a typical three-class
configuration or up to 853 people in all-economy class
configurations. The A380-800 has a design range
of 15,400 kilometres (8,300 nmi; 9,600 mi), sufficient to fly
from New York to Hong Kong, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900
km/h or 560 mph at cruising altitude).
As of November 2012 there had
been 262 firm orders for the A380, of which 92 have been delivered. The largest
order, for 90 aircraft, was from Emirates.