|The British Caving Association
|News Updates: Book Shop, Archives
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|Author:||David Gibson [ Thu 13 Sep 2012 12:51 ]|
|Post subject:||News Updates: Book Shop, Archives|
We have been making progress with two archive projects. On our Archives web site, at http://archives.bcra.org.uk/ you can see seven photograph albums of the Rev. William Paul Black, which relate to his caving exploits in the 1930's and early 1940's together with the "Netherworld" chapter from his privately published book "Life of a 20th Century Parish Priest". Thanks are due to John Gardner for his work on this Archives site. The photograph albums, comprising over 160 monochrome photos of superb quality, showing caves throughout the UK and Ireland, may be inspected at the British Caving Library. http://caving-library.org.uk/ Our Archives web site also contains scans of Eli Simpson's Gaping Gill record book, compiled by him in the early days of the BSA. This is a trial scan performed by the British Geological Survey (BGS) to determine how long it will take to scan the full collection of one hundred record books. An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to cover the cost of scanning these record books, is under consideration by BCRA.
Our second archive project relates to the scanning of all our past issues of BCRA's "transactions" journals, i.e. BCRA Transactions, Cave Science and Cave & Karst Science. Thanks are due mainly to Bob McIntosh for his work on this. The 2 GB of material is not yet online, but it will be available as soon as possible.
If you prefer paper, most of our "transactions" journals are still in stock. Items over ten years old are free, but we suggest a donation of £1 per issue, plus postage of course. A few items are out of stock but we have recently been experimenting with a digital "print-on-demand" service and, thanks to a scan done for us by Andrew Brander, Cave Science 18(1) is now back in print. This was an issue published in 1991, focussing on Peak and Speedwell Caverns. The digital reprint is £4.00 (-20% for BCRA members) plus £1.50 postage, and the scan will be a free download as and when our Transactions Archive goes live.
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