Regular readers will know that August on diamond geezer is local history month. Oh yes, it's nearly time once again for a big all-consuming safari, stretched out over weeks and days, blogged about in enormous detail. Rejoice! (or run away)
I've been doing this every August for the last six years. In-depth psychogeographic analysis of a series of eclectic London-centric locations, generally linear in nature, with daily posts reporting back on the sights and sounds along the way... » August 2003:Where I live(famous places within 15 minutes of my house) » August 2004:Piccadilly(a walk down Mayfair's most famous street) » August 2005:the River Fleet(tracking the subterranean river)[photos] » August 2006:Betjeman's Metro-land(Baker Street to Verney Junction)[photos] » August 2007:Walk London(following bits of our six strategic walks)[photos] » August 2008:High Street 2012(the Olympic highway from Aldgate to Stratford)[photos] » August 2009: ?????
As for what this year's local history month will bring, you'll find out tomorrow. I've picked a theme that's proper local to where I live, but also local to a lot of other places too. Some of these places I've been to before, but most of this will be unblogged territory. I've already been out researching the first bits of whatever it is, with plenty of visits still to go. And I hope that the rain holds off long enough to allow me to investigate the rest before the end of August.
Most of what I'm going to write about will be regarding nowhere you know, so I'm expecting my reports to be of limited interest. Don't worry, August has five weekends, so I thought I'd hide most of my reportage at the weekends when blog footfall is lowest. There'll still be plenty of normal non-special blogstuff on the intervening weekdays, just to ensure that I don't haemorrhage too much of my audience along the way. But I might go all-out-LHM for the last week of August, just to annoy you, so be warned. If you don't give a stuff about somewhere that's not in any way local to you, safest to go away and come back in September. I don't care, because (as ever) I'm writing this blog for me, not for you. So bring it on. Let's boldly go.
As an added teaser, I've already uploaded the first photo from the first location. I've not labelled it, or commented on it, or geotagged it, so it's not much help. And I doubt it's anywhere that most of you will recognise either. But it might give you a clue or two regarding where I'm going. Local History month 2009 starts here. Starting tomorrow.