Just as we all backup our images (tut-tut if you don’t!) anyone with a website knows that they need backing up too. Having done just that we found the above copy of our first website. We’re not sure what year it first launched (I’m sure somebody will tell us) but the homepage shown was from the 2011-12 season.
Back then not every club had a website, creating a website took a lot more skill and specialist knowledge than it does today, that’s not to say it’s now a breeze, there’s still lots goes into creating a good one! We were lucky at the time to have Tony Bradshaw as our ‘webmaster’; I can’t believe that industry title was ever dropped, sounds way more exciting than ‘developer’.
You’ll notice the 90th-anniversary badge, I’m sure a lot of our members can’t believe we’re now planning our centenary celebration, although it only seems like yesterday, there’s been a lot of pictures taken in the last 10 years and a lot of achievements within the society.
Looking back it’s sad to think of the members who are no longer with us, but it also brings back happy memories of club nights (when we actually met in the hall) and the various workshops we went on. The EMA Aeropark listing above was a great evening. We had the whole Aeropark to ourselves, special access to some of the planes and finished the evening off with a cracking BBQ!
A lot has changed since we were founded in 1921, technological developments that would seem like magic to our first members, but one thing has always stayed the same, we’re a bunch of like-minded people who like to take pictures, talk photography and have a drink in the pub afterwards – pandemic permitting.