A market town’s history spanning more than 150 years has been captured using 21st Century technology to preserve it for future generations.
The Helmsley Archive website began in 2010 and since then has received more than half a million hits - an average of more than 400 a day says Dr Paul Harris who has collected a wealth of photographs, documents and memories alongside his wife, Jen.
The scheme began when the late John Collier, a well-known Helmsley resident, bequeathed his collection of photographs to Helmsley Town Council.
“This provoked much interest within the town and prompted many Helmsley residents to contribute their own photographs and memories,” said Dr Harris.
Over the years the archive has more than doubled in size, resulting in a significant bank of information being amassed. The albums include the town of Helmsley, its schools, railway,pageants, country life, commemorative and traditional events.
The archive is run by volunteers who regularly hold meetings to digitise, gather and collate information.
Dr Harris said: “We are still looking for further images of local interest.”
More information can be found by contacting the website at www.helmsleyarchive.org.uk