The Broadland Memories Archive gathers together collections of photographs and personal
memories of life and leisure on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads from the late 19th
century to the late 1990s and also includes articles on various aspects of Broadland’s
The idea for the Broadland Memories website was born out of a strong interest in
the history of boating for pleasure on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and a desire
to archive some of the many wonderful old holiday photos I had seen, and to make
these images available online, in one place, for others to enjoy. Most importantly,
I wanted to ensure that these historic images of Broadland would not be lost. As
I began to piece together the plans for what I wanted to achieve, I felt that it
was also important to include some of the history of the area to accompany those
images. I’ve always felt that one of the best ways to discover more about the history
of any subject, and to capture the past, is by first hand accounts, written by the
people who were there. So the inclusion of personal memories of holidaying, or living
and working in Broadland, became an integral part of the plans for the website.
I had no previous experience of web design and the prospect of undertaking such a
mammoth task was rather daunting! I turned to the members of the Norfolk Broads Forum
to ask for advice and I am indebted for the help and guidance I received. There had
been a number old photographs of Broadland, and recollections of holidays of old
posted on the forum and those members kindly gave me permission to include these
on the first version of the Broadland Memories website which was launched on the
3rd November 2006. The response the website received during the first year was very
encouraging and an appeal for further submissions saw the archive begin to grow.
The archive is ever expanding and I always welcome new additions. Over the last few
years I have been overwhelmed by the amount of fascinating and historic material
which has been submitted – from holiday memories and snaps from the 1960s to rare
collections of images from the Edwardian era. All are of great interest, and all
are of historic importance as they provide a valuable insight into how the area and
boating on the Broads has changed over the years, and the social history of the region
during the 20th century. From very humble beginnings, the website has now grown to
encompass a broad array of the region’s history. The archive is, however, very much
an ongoing project with areas of the website still to complete – the research and
writing of the historical overviews of the different eras is still continuing as,
and when, time allows and will be published once finished. New submissions are being
added to the website on a regular basis, links to which can be found on the “What’s
Broadland Memories is a not for profit website, the running costs of which are funded
by myself and by the sale of the two DVD’s which have been produced for the archive.
I do not ask for, or accept financial donations, but if you would like to help the
archive then you can do so by purchasing one of those DVD’s. All profits received
from the sale of the DVD’s are ploughed back into the website to cover running costs
and to assist the purchase of further collections of photographs etc. for the archive.
The archive would not be what it is without all of the wonderful contributions of
photographs, memories and other items which I have received over the years – my thanks
to everyone who has contributed in this way. Thank you also to Andrew Day for his
ongoing support, technical expertise and assistance with research and to all those
others who I occasionally press-gang into helping with scanning, research or providing
information – your help is very much appreciated.
The Archive itself is divided into seven main eras from Victorian times up to the 1990s. Under each era you will find sections for the history/overview, photo gallery pages, and personal stories/memories. The main archive directory page also includes links to other areas of the website. In early 2008 the “Then & Now” pages were added in which old photographs and postcards can be compared with modern day views of the same scenes. A short while later the “Paper & Ephemera” section was started - here you will find old newspaper cuttings, documents, boating invoices and letters, advertisements, maps and old postcards etc. The directory for this has now been added to the main Archive page. In 2009 the “Further Historical Reading” section was added in which you will find articles on various aspects of Broadland’s history which have been written for, or submitted to the archive. In October 2010, the “Broadland Memories Blog” was launched – here you’ll find sneak previews of new submissions and forthcoming additions, updates of what is going on behind the scenes, a selection of archive material which may not necessarily make it onto the main website for one reason or another, and a rather random and eclectic range of articles about Broadland’s past including some of the more light-hearted and quirky aspects of boating and holidaying on the Broads over the years.. More than anything, it’s a useful notebook for me to jot down information as I work on new additions for the website but it’s also proved to be invaluable in seeking further help and information from a wider audience. New for 2012 is the “Broadland Memories YouTube Channel” on which I have uploaded old cine film clips of the Broads from the 1930s and 1950s. It also provides links via my playlists to some fascinating old cine films of Broadland from the 1930s to the 1980s, plus videos related to the history of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, which have been uploaded by other users. For the archive to continue growing I need your help. If you or your family have any old photographs of Broadland, or can help with memories, stories or holiday tales then please get in contact with me. If you have lived or worked in Broadland over the years and have some interesting tales to tell or can provide any information about its history then I would be delighted to hear from you. If you have written, or are interested in writing an article on any aspect of Broadland’s history for inclusion in the “Further Historical Reading” section then please do get in contact. You will be given full credit for anything you submit and you will be helping to preserve the history of the area for future generations, as well as providing a wonderful online resource for those who are researching the history of the area or just have an interest in The Norfolk Broads.
Broadland Memories will not pass on any personal information, i.e. email addresses
or contact details, to any third party without your express permission. I am occasionally
asked for permission to use images on other websites or in publications - where copyright
exists on those photographs or other material, permission will be sought from the
copyright owner before passing that material on to any third party.
ISP addresses) from anyone who visits the website. The webcounter on the home page
counts each visit to that page but does not gather or store any information about
the visitor. The YouTube videos on the DVD page are embedded using the enhanced privacy
mode – YouTube policy states: This mode restricts YouTube's ability to set cookies
for a user who views a web page that contains a privacy-enhanced YouTube embed video
player, but does not click on the video to begin playback. YouTube may still set
cookies on the user's computer once the visitor clicks on the YouTube video player,
but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks
of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
I am always delighted to receive any stories or memories of Broadland and photographs
of any size and quality to store within the archive. Unfortunately, I am unable to
display all submitted photographs on the website but do try to use as many as I can,
however, everything is archived and stored permanently. To enable me to display photos
on the site I need an absolute minimum of 800 pixels in width for those in landscape
format, and 500 pixels in width for those in the portrait format, obviously the higher
resolution the better as it enables me to pick out some of the smaller details within
the images. Please don’t let that put you off sending in any photographs you have
as everything is gratefully received. If you need any advice about scanning or emailing
photographs for the archive then please get in contact and I will do my best to advise.
Please try to include as much information as you can about the photographs - the
year that they were taken (or approximation) and location if known etc.
All photographs are archived as they have been sent in, with no digital correction
or alteration. Those which are displayed on the website are digitally re mastered,
where possible, to remove colour casts, correct brightness and contrast and to clean
up spots and marks to enable better viewing. Sometimes it may also be necessary to
crop images for web display. To give you an idea of the correction which is possible,
and that has been done, I have included a couple of examples below.
The photograph on the left is an example of one of the poorer condition images which
I have had to work on. Not only were there many spots and splodges on the photo,
but much of the detail was missing due to a combination of over exposure and fading.
By carefully adjusting the contrast and brightness, much of that lost detail has
now been restored and the worst of the marks were removed.
The photograph on the left had a strange pink colour cast which was removed and a
more natural tone restored to the image., the camera flare spots in the top right
have also been toned down.
Submitting personal memories and holiday tales
I am always pleased to hear people’s memories of Broadland too - however brief or
long they may be! Smaller snippets of holiday memories may be included within the
“Collected Memories” sections of the various eras, so if you are not able to recall
enough to write a full blown account, then please don’t let that put you off telling
me what you can remember!
Submitting Paper & Ephemera
If you have any old Broads related newspaper cuttings, documents, hire invoices,
letters, postcards, advertisements, brochures, holiday guides, etc., then I would
also be very pleased to receive scans of these items for inclusion within the archive
or for my own research purposes.
Please remember when using the Broadland Memories archive that all photographs, stories
and written articles are protected by copyright and should not be copied for use
in the public domain without the express permission of the copyright holder or Broadland
If you see a photograph within the archive which you believe to be incorrectly attributed
then please contact us. We will endeavour to investigate all possible copyright infringements
and, if proven, we will either remove the image or ensure that it is correctly attributed.
I try to ensure that all information within Broadland Memories is correct; however,
if you do spot any mistakes then please do get in contact. I always welcome corrections
or further information about any aspect of Broadland’s history or the photographs
displayed on the website. Wherever possible I have spoken to the contributors to
gain as much information as I can about the photographs submitted. The holiday tales
and personal stories are generally unedited and are published as submitted by the