Something About Me
Welcome to my 2012 much updated website!
Hi! I'm Roger, I hope you find something of interest in all this, if you do, or you can contribute in some way drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
I live in Gloucestershire, England U.K.
Thank you for visiting my pages, they are the result of my odd moments over the last 14 years, I think it is useful to add to the internet my interests and collections and if we all did this, what a great place it would be!
I started collecting old photographs in 1998 and this seemed to be a suitable subject for a hobby website. I now have probably more than 4000 photos that form an online picture library. I have found it interesting to work out how to date old photos as this was not done well on any site I could find.
I made geology collections early in my life, followed by evening classes in geology, and finally the Open University (B.A.), and then Bristol University (B.Sc.Hons. Geology). I work as a Museum Curator so I am one of the lucky people, who have turned their hobby into a job. This means I now have a new hobby, collecting and dating old photographs.
I also have a large book collection made as a way to find out about the world of the Victorian naturalist the Rev. Leonard Jenyns (later Blomefield) and his friends and my interests have expanded!
The photographs are also in a way due to Jenyns', he had a carte-de visite photo taken and pasted in the front of the copy of his autobiography "Chapters in My Life ":the copy he gave his second wife. Before seeing this I didn't know they existed, now I have thousands!
I enjoy watercolour and oil painting which is good fun and you can see some of my efforts
I have been going to watercolour classes for 7 years now and I still enjoy painting and I am getting better at it - I hope!
See some of my paintings
If you live in the Gloucester - Bristol District you can Join the Art Class
I sometimes give talks or lectures on Leonard Jenyns and his life, or on the Hornsleasow dinosaur excavation and sieving project that I was involved with in the late 1980's (early mammals, mammal-like reptiles, pterosaurs, small dinosaurs ...) (see G.A.) and I now give talks on old photographs.