Research and more research

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Since we met in the middle, research has an even greater focus with each site having to be represented by one or more individuals; on the face of it this seems a relatively easy task, however in reality research is taking many hours, and can often result in a dead end. The main difficulty is finding enough information about ‘ordinary people of the past’ to expand on potential stories. Unless the individuals were nobility or became famous, it is unlikely that much would be written about the ‘common man’ in the 19th or 20th century… so this is where the problem lies, and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the task! Stamford Library did however come up trumps again last week with the discovery of a Thomas Cook  connection – subsequently I found an entire book on him in the University Library with pictorial reference too, however it would be a shame if each site had to represented by the rich and famous.

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