December 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm #8553
Poor S– / —had a skimp through this guy who is wingeing over the closure of a photographic department with whom I have no sympathy at all. Yes I have completed the survey, none of my responses would please any in sympathy with the cause or any of the questions related through the survey which would be of benefit to welfare scroungers. £189m spent on one city library–Really!!!!-Then we hear the Arch Bishop bleating about poverty in this country–people all out of touch with reality . Closing down a library photographic service and department. I am so sorry my friend but this country of mine has slaughtered its own armed forces so as to free up cash for welfare scroungers. On a count of one to ten–in Birmingham and every other city and town, libraries would be at one–and at ten would be additional funding for the front line services having the onerous task of dealing with drunks –drug abusers-crooks and welfare scroungers. The truth is , having spent–what-£189m on a library–they cannot afford what”s in it!!Suffered plenty like that in the NHS administration. No one has to agree with me–remember–its not opinions that hurt–its the truth that hurts.Do you know where all of Cheshire rare books and excess book stocks are kept?????on a farm. Happy new year everyone.—PS its known for over 50 years I love my photography–if the choice came to feeding my dog or flogging my cameras–there would be no competition. LOLDecember 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm #8576
Of course, the issue isn’t all-or-nothing, but, as always, what choices the authorities make about how much to spend on what. The Birmingham archive is a collection of national (indeed, international) significance, some of it donated by local photographers of international repute for the benefit of their local community.December 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm #8578
Quite right Ian—as we all know the auditors monitor usage-and if it is not used or in low demand it will not be a priority however important. These whatever-archives-artifacts-writings-negatives-prints etc. would not be scrapped but would be removed from general use .The one and only book I did the photography for could not be found in a Cheshire library.But should anyone wish to get their heads around the complexity of growing sweet peas-Cheshire will bring it from their stockpile on a farm somewhere. I similarly had them get me the 1948 Wisdon. The stuff in Birmingham would not be taken out and destroyed. Now if they ever wish to find a home for the sculptered display standing outside Birmingham City Offices –they can place it on my frontage facing my window where it will recieve TLC . LOLDecember 31, 2014 at 7:29 am #8586
By showing support for the excellent work at Birmingham we are underlining its importance and saying how much such things are valued. A cultural wake-up call for them.December 31, 2014 at 4:57 pm #8596
With all respect Birmingham for whom I have no axe to grind are foremost in the promotion of photography. GRAIN—is the product of £160k from the Arts Council to Birmingham Libraries to set up a photographic hub for the midlands. –grainphotographichub.co.ukDecember 31, 2014 at 6:10 pm #8598
“These whatever-archives-artifacts-writings-negatives-prints etc. would not be scrapped but would be removed from general use .The one and only book I did the photography for could not be found in a Cheshire library… The stuff in Birmingham would not be taken out and destroyed.”
Ken >>> I’m afraid it’s not just a matter of putting the negatives and prints in a cupboard, is it? As Prof Paul Hill says…
“When I, and other depositors, who include such renowned British photographic figures as agreed to the library acquiring our archives or collections we were assured that they would be accessible to the public as well as specialist researchers. As the proposal currently stands . Indeed there may not be anyone left with any specialist knowledge of these nationally and internationally significant collections in the near future. There will be
The budget plan reneges on the agreement to make the material available to the public; and this material does have to be actively conserved to prevent the inevitable deterioration that will otherwise damage it irreparably, but the proposals do not allow even for that.December 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm #8600
One look at the Birmingham City Council deep interest in the arts-culture and its certain nothing will be trashed–but every thing is subject to priority. Someone panicking-it will never happen—keep calm everyone.This is one great city which should be trusted to care for its treasures.December 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm #8601
I think the worry is that Birmingham’s commitment to the arts (here, in the form of its major photography archive) is not evident in the budget proposal. And as you know, in local government it’s usually the finance that determines policy, not the other way round.
But I hope your faith turns out to be justified.
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