|Posted by Newcastle Society for Blind People on September 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM|
Hello and welcome to the Net and Natter group contribution to the Society’s blog. For the past three weeks the Net and Natter group has tried to see how the Internet might help research into the Society history now that the 150th anniversary is only 2 years away
We knew there would be very little if any information on the Society itself from 1867 but we thought we could add some colour to the background
What none of us could have dreamed of was how much we would find out!
We started by asking two questions :
Net and Natter members used their own search phrases and have come with amazing results. We found that
It has been marvelous to try different search phrases together to see which one yields the most interesting results and then people really getting into the background. We have found material that more focused searching would never find simply because of the way google works - it’s been a lesson to us all
What we don’t yet know is why there was such a flurry of activity in the formation of blind organisations in the 1860s eg Galloways (the same year as us) and the RNIB. We continue to dig and no doubt we will come up with something not quite what were looking for but which will take us in an interesting direction anyway!
We hope we will put these up regularly to keep you up to date with our progress