For a variety of reasons, but mainly due to my health, and as of the last 2 years,Covid-19, I can no longer spend the same amount of time as in the past on my research and updating this website, though I DO still explore our local history and continue to find new historic items of interest. e.g.from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ which now publishes items online. Twenty years ago much of my research was done at HALS in Hertford, which I would find impossible today, but thanks to Broadband most museums, and other archives and individuals can be accessed via the web.
It is still my intention to update existing pages on Chronicle website and to add new information, especially as because of changes in technology and the updates Homestead has made to the tools at my disposal, many of the older pages now look dwarfed in a small corner of the page! BUT, as many of you are probably already aware, since the start of the Pandemic, I have been specifically collecting information re how the pandemic has affected us all in Leverstock Green. Not only have I been collecting it for my collection of albums kept at home, I have also been saving the contents and sending each album as it fills, to HALS, who started a Covid Catalogue. This takes a surprisingly lot of additional time, in ensuring everything is included, and saved not just in Word documents, but also in pdf files, which is HALS programme of choice. I then have to fill in all the appropriate accession forms, save to a DVD and post to HALS.
That takes up virtually all of my time, BUT, I have already made a small start on updating this website, but with the large number of pages on my site, I could work at nothing else and still take a year or more to update everything. Alongside the website, I also maintain an archive of printed information. (Computer technology is constantly changing, but paper items in well-kept albums should last at least 200 years). I trawl our local paper for anything to do with Leverstock Green and its residents, and these get put in the Newspaper archive. All other items: Photographs, posters, copies of letters/emails I am sent concerning the village past and present, the LGVA Newsletters and anything else I consider relevant go into the rapidly growing number of display books (currently 80+), and all this will go to the Hemel Hempstead Local History & Museum Society eventually. At the current time the Covid Pandemic has led to a greater number of items which I am collecting, especially where it relates specifically to life in the village during the Pandemic. To date, I have accumulated over the past 2 years plus, more than twice what I would normally get in 3-4 years.
Other history related "responsibilities" include being the Archivist for Holy Trinity Church, Webmaster, Committee Member and Face Book Administrator of the Hemel Hempstead Local History & Museum Society. (HHLH&MS), so I have plenty to keep me busy.
If you have any information relating to Leverstock Green's history, and/or members of your family who lived here, including photographs, ephemera etc. please contact me so I can arrange a meeting and/or exchange email addresses so I can include your information in my archive of Leverstock Green's history, and if you agree, eventually add it to the website. Links to both my website and the HHLH&MS website can be found at the top of this page.
Thankyou, Barbara Chapman 04/04/2022