Presently sitting in the CHICC store are three unassuming boxes and one crate. The contents are a little different to previous digitised material: a collection of glass plate negatives.
They vary in size from small 6×9 cm to larger 10×12 inch plates. Some are copies of letters and correspondence, some are personal candids and the larger 10×12 inch plates show the interior of Cardinal Newman’s room at Birmingham Oratory, potentially an exciting and important visual record.
The plates will have to be carefully cleaned and rehoused by our conservation team prior to digitisation.
For the time being, here is a plate of Cardinal Newman sitting patiently for the camera. We really look forward to getting started on this part of the collection.