There’s a Facebook page for The Express & Star photo archive project, which seems set to make a big bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project seems to have made a start earlier this year, involving volunteers sorting the archives, having secured seed funding to “explore” the archives in late 2015. I can’t immediately find any funding news after that, but it seems that — if funded — around 750,000 news photographs will be scanned, and then presumably they’ll go online in hi-res. For those who don’t know it, The Express & Star is one of the biggest local/regional daily newspapers in the UK, and has always had excellent geographic coverage via stringers.

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