Digitising the Brass Band News


CHICC Manchester

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The Brass Band News Archive is an incredibly comprehensive run of the first Brass Band newspaper, Brass Band News, founded in 1881 by Wright and Round, held at the University of Salford. The series contains hard and soft bound and unbound volumes and loose issues from 1881 until 1956. There is a fantastic and incredibly detailed PHD Thesis, ‘The 19th Century Brass Band in The North of England’ by Roy Newsome, who is responsible for collecting the archive available here.

January  1938 January 1938

A number of the issues are in a poor condition and are deteriorating. These items required incredibly delicate handling and photographing. CHICC only ever photograph items using high end digital medium format equipment, never scanners. Items such as these incredibly delicate sheets could potentially be damaged much more using scanners.

A photograph from the Salvation Army Muical Instrument Workshop, from the October 1904 Issue A photograph from the Salvation Army Muical Instrument Workshop, from the October 1904 Issue

This archive is the…

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