Hello & Welcome: Latest News: 26th Feb 2018 - More additions to the Archive
We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing over 1000 images to the website over the next few weeks. Images of the Cator Estate, Blackheath Halls, Greenwich (Blackheath), Lewisham (Blackheath), Kidbrooke and Westcombe will be made available, phased over a number of weeks. This will increase the total number of images on the website to over 4000. Only another 10000 or so to go!
The Blackheath Society Archive has over 15000 images, primarily the work of Neil Rhind, which, through the efforts of a team of volunteers, we are slowly putting online.
To date, we have about 2700 available to view. We hope you enjoy them, and welcome any comments you may have. We are very grateful for the comments we have received so far. Feel free to express yourself, either on the Guestbook Page or to me direct - firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of the images are accompanied by text which is drawn from Neil Rhind's definitive and comprehensive 1993 study of Blackheath, "Blackheath Village & Environs" (ISBN 0 9505136 5 2) which is available from The Bookshop on the Heath. Any discrepancies between image and text are mine (Allan Griffin) and not Neil's. Typos and misspellings are also mine but will be corrected in due course.
Thanks are due to the unstinting labours of the scanning team - Sue Shields, Helen Doris, Jo Swadkin, Hilary Weedon and Philip Smith who have worked patiently for a number of years, scanning, titling and tagging. We also thank John Sabido and Mark Chapman for their work. I hope that all enjoy seeing the fruits of their work on public display and know their contribution has been invaluable.
Thanks also need to be extended to the numerous photographers - Hodges, Wayland, Martin, Stephen Moreton-Prichard and countless others, without whose enthusiasm and great skill the archive would not exist. If we have not given due credit to any photographer, this is because of oversight on my part and I will be more than happy to put it right when brought to my attention.
We are very excited by the imminent release and we hope it adds to the pleasure of knowing a little bit more about the architectural history of this wonderful and unique part of London.
Allan Griffin, Blackheath Society Archive Project