Bourne Archive: Site Home Page
http://boar.org.uk/index Latest edit 4 Jan 2010
©R.J.PENHEY 2007 Text & web page
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What’s it all about?
The boar of the web address is an abbreviation of The Bourne Archive. This is historical material which tends to look at the development of the world from the perspective of a small town in Lincolnshire. On the whole, the nearer to Bourne, the more detailed is the information.
The aim with the Bourne Archive is to publish archive material with some of the small historical and geographical studies I have been gathering, so that the information in them can be seen and developed. I have set about the job in a reasonably formal way so that others have the information they need for pursuing subjects but I have tried not to be so formal that only trained academics can penetrate the jargon.
One reason for this is that I am not a trained academic myself but also, I have favoured studies which present historical topics in the light of another discipline so that new angles of view might show subjects in a new light. In any case, generalists have much to contribute. It does mean that specialist historians will sometimes be faced with the vocabulary of another discipline but I hope hyperlinks will often make it easy to check up on side issues like this.
The material is all chosen with a view to accounting for how we came to be as we are but falls into several categories.
· The archive proper consists of transcriptions and summaries of old documents: some published and some not.
· Some of these are accompanied by commentaries
· Some periods, particularly the eleventh and seventeenth centuries can be approached by their separate routes.
· There are original studies on the History of Bourne and its environs.
Each category has its own home page, accessible from the Archive Contents page. Some pages are linked in this way, more than once, as they form parts of more than one field of study. That is the approach of this site: not taking too narrow a view. However, even a wide view is composed of details – lots of them.
The pages are of three sorts:
1. those like this one, which are primarily for linking towards the substance of the site;
2. the interactive pages which contain links to facilitate exploration of the subject and
3. those designed to present the documents, uncluttered by links and notes.
The first includes coloured decorative material and is not designed for printing. The second is designed, except where there are pictures, for reproduction in monochrome but includes some colour and tends to be visually cluttered by links. The third has no links and the small amount of colour in it is optional unless it includes photographs, which will be there for a purpose other than decoration.
The archive documents themselves are mostly but not all, out of copyright but the web pages, photographs, commentary and the pieces of original work are copyright © in the name of one person or another.
If you have a particular subject in mind; for example, Bedehouse Bank, make a Google search for “boar.org.uk”+”Bedehouse”.