Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Thursday, 17 December 2015
Reunion time is here again. We are all meeting in Bishops Cleeve as usual on Sunday the 14th of February.
However a small glitch has occurred and those you who have received the Newsletter (last week) will notice that Carol Collins Address should be Church end 61 Main Street Kinoulton Notts NG123EL. If you have already booked worry not Carol is retrieving the letters from no 1. If you have not booked yet please make sure you send the form to the correct address
Programme of the reunion this year is very exciting and we look forward to seeing many of you on the day
- Update on Trust events Sarah Kessel CEO
- Skomer warden report Ed and Bee Stubbings
- Skokholm warden report Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle
- Skokholm Bird Logs 1927-to the digital age Phil Blatcher
- Summary of the Archive project Carol Collins
- Skokholm Photographs: archiving project Anna Sutcliffe
- Should I stay or should I go? The effect of body condition on the incubation routine of Manx Shearwaters Natasha Gillies
- Individual vocalisations of shearwaters and storm petrels: The story so far
- Alan Wilkins & Nick Davison
- Digging and Dating: A New Story of Ancient Skomer
- Toby Driver and Louise Baker
- "Ob.serve" -an Artists view- Linda Norris
- Summary Tim Healing
Thursday, 1 October 2015
This link should take you directly to the Skokholm pages :- http://www.peoplescollection.wales/discover/query/skokholm and you can then search for specifics like "renovations" or decades like "1930's" and look at the pictures and the descriptions. There are a couple of mistakes which will be edited out soon and some descriptions to enlarge on a bit but all in all its a an excellent start with over 400 pictures now loaded and more almost every day at the moment.
Please have a look and consider your own pictures. We are particularly short of stuff from the 1950's to the 1970's (all pre digitsation) but have received some really nice collections from the late 1940's including video, and from the early 1950's including from a lighthouse keeper.
Keep logging in an looking at the pictures - they will change a lot over the coming months to develop into one of the largest collections on this National Archive web site where they will be preserved for the future.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Anne, and her husband Arthur, were the most regular visitors to Skokholm up to the early 2000's and offered huge support to the island. Sadly Arthur died suddenly not long after they had become the only people to ever hire a helicopter to get them out to the island for a special anniversary. Anne was the Chair of the Friends for many years and it was only when illness made it more difficult for her to both visit the island and then travel to meetings did she step down.
An obituary will be published in the next Friends Newsletter.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Congratulations to Steve Sutcliffe on being recognised in the recent Honours List (British Empire Medal)
Thursday, 12 March 2015
There are a load of older images about life on Skokholm but rather few in recent times so this competition is designed to try and remedy this by encouraging the submission of images which show something of island life. We will then copy all the submissions (excluding duplicates or those which do not meet the criteria) into an annual book which will be available on the island for future visitors to look at and will also be lodged into the National Library of Wales archives.
The selected best four photographs will form the cover of the annual book and a copy of the book will also be presented to each of the winners with due acknowledgement. The winning images be selected by three of the Friends committee. The awards will be presented at the Annual Reunion meeting in February 2016.
Click here to download full information and an application form
Monday, 9 March 2015
Maybe you are not on Facebook, or prefer your tweets audible and emitting from a feathered creature than through an app.
If so, we have created a virtual newspaper that automatically collates popular mentions related to the islands. We will post a link to the weekly paper intermittently or you can sign up to receive a weekly email linking you to the full edition.
Follow the link below to explore it for yourself...
Monday, 2 March 2015
By simply putting Skokholm into the search tab you get all the pictures. You can categorise them using the What and When tabs or even inputting a search tag such as "Skokholm, Buildings" - these features will become more valuable as the collection grows.
You can also create your own group of photo's by setting up your own account and tagging pictures as favourites. Its a powerful site but takes a bit of learning.
Sunday, 1 March 2015
We have now started the long task of copying thousands of slides and photographs and publishing many on the Peoples Collection Wales website (see http://www.friendsofskokholmandskomer.org/) and aim to create a really interesting and informative library collection over the next year or so.
Some very early 1920's pictures have already been loaded onto the site as have some more recent ones. The chatty logs on the island will also all go to the National Library of Wales archives in due course as will all of Ronald Lockleys diaries. Missing are many photographs from the 1950's to the 1970's so if anyone has any for these years we would welcome them with open arms for the archives.
We will try and update the People's Collection on a very regular basis and it will be interesting to see how many people look at the images in due course.
Just as a taster here is one of the older pictures:- 1927.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Monday, 12 January 2015