Something About Me
Welcome to my 2014 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 16 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 am now a retired Geology Museum Curator so I am one of the lucky people, who managed to turn their hobby into a job. This means I now have a new hobby, collecting, examining and dating old photographs and finding out about the photographers.
I also have a large book collection, made partly as a way to find out about the world of the Victorian naturalist the Rev. Leonard Jenyns (later Blomefield) and his friends, including Charles Darwin, and so 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.
Most of my painting were created at art classes
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 the Rev 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 have now given many talks on how to date an old photographs.