Our crowdfunder campaign is up and running – help us save these unique images from destruction –

visit crowdfunder.co.uk/save-herberts-weymouthto find out more see how you can help and what rewards you can get!

We need to raise £8000 by 13 December to save an amazing collection of Weymouth photographs for the future

The Herbert Collection

The Herbert Collection is a unique record of the social history of Weymouth between 1953 and 1983. Graham Herbert was a professional photographer, supplying images to the Dorset Echo and always on the scene to capture local events.

The collection reflects so many diverse aspects of local life, including festivals and performances; shop displays and interiors; street scenes and every-day occurrences; and agricultural and industrial work.

The Herbert Collection was transferred to Dorset History Centre in 2006. Since then we have been working to digitise the negatives, starting with the earliest and worst affected by vinegar syndrome. We have won funding awards and developed partnerships to allow the work to continue. Most recently, digitisation company TownsWeb Archiving awarded us £5000 of their services as part of a national competition. This is fantastic and will allow us to save many more of the negatives. But there will still be lots left to digitise – and that is why we need your help.

Race against time

The negatives are suffering from vinegar syndrome – an irreversible process of decay. Over time the negatives start to bubble and the image is distorted. We have already managed to digitise the worst affected negatives in the collection. Despite storing in cool and dry conditions it is only a matter of time before the rest of the negatives show visible signs of deterioration.