Batch 10 of the digitisation of the archive is going incredibly well, since the delivery in December, we’ve managed to shoot over 16,000 images.
Box N58 contains some interesting photographs and prints, mainly an album entitled ‘Oratory Photographs’ by A. H. Pollen.
On first glance I thought it would be standard images we have came across before, photographs of the oratory building, and of course the ever photo ready Cardinal Newman himself.
The album does contain very well composed images of the Oratory and related buildings, but it actually gives a fascinating insight into the life of those who studied and lived around the Oratory. Many well composed group shots of the boys and young gents that attended the school, cricket teams, sporting events and even theatrical productions are included in the album.
The project itself is starting to near its completion. There are only 8 boxes left to photograph of this batch, which is scheduled to be the final load, to be completed by the end of May. We also hope to visit the oratory and photograph some of the treasures held within its fantastic library.