Contributing to Green History
About this Project:
So what did you do in seventy two? Did you follow the Blueprint or stand with the PEOPLE?
Was Street Farming your bag, or Appropriate Tech?
Were you Vanguardist or Fundo when the movement divided?
Do you stand on a pillar or hug the trunk of the tree?
Did you vote for your choice, or were you out Saving the Whale,
Embracing the Base and cutting the wire?
Did you look through the hole in the sky or your shoe?
Know the use of the wrench and the spike in the tree?
Did you travel by bike or go with the convoy
To Reclaim the Streets and put fear in The Man?
In tunnel or tree or locked to the gate, what was your motive and what did you do?
Was it Coal not the dole, and did you Tell Sid as they sold off our silver and stole all our land?
And at the high water did you really believe another world possible having planted the seed?
Tell us your story; your history is true. Don't let them gloss over the things we can do.
RCO Aug 2017
If you have been involved in an aspect of the Green Movement in the UK since 1972 we would love to hear from you.
Whether you were an early member of one of the organisations, or have been an activist at any stage in either the political or direct-action side of the movement you have important lessons to pass on. If we do not learn from the past we are condemned to repeat our failures - it is vital to pass on your knowledge to the next generation.
Articles for publication
You can contribute an article (or articles) on your experience or memories and either by submitting them by email, or we can give you direct access to login to the site as an author or editor and write online.
Articles need to be up to 500 words long, more than 1000 words becomes a bit unwieldy. If submitting electronic copies then Word (docx) or Open Office (odf) formats are preferred. Do not worry about layout - we can edit as required to meet the style of the site. If the article is to be published under your own name then we will only edit with a light touch (typos etc) and offer you approval before publication. If you would rather not publish your name then we may need to make more detailed changes.
Resources - Leaflets and flyers
If you have paper copies of old flyers, leaflets or posters and you can scan them and save as PDF then simply email them in with a description of the material in the accompanying email. Please send separate emails for each item. Be sure to provide a date and source for the material. If it was publicly available at the time then we will add it to the public resources crediting you as the source.
If you do not have the facility to scan documents yourself then we can arrange to do it for you. Please contact us by email with a phone number and we will call to discuss the best way to ensure safe transfer and return of your precious originals.
Anything pre 1990 is unlikely to be available as an electronic original anymore. If you have original electronic copies and can save them in a current format then by all means send them by email, if you can no longer read the old wordproccessor or DTP formats then send us details and we will see what we can do.
Resources - Other documents
Documents which were not originally available to the public can be included with the permission of the author (if known). They can either be made publicly available or placed in the secure private document area and restricted to bona-fide researchers. Personal correspondence (letters and emails) of historical interest should usually be treated like this. Private documents can have any conditions for access imposed (eg researcher needs to contact you for permission to view and use)
Resources - Photos
Photos of events or people of historic interest need to be submitted as JPG images. Prints can often be scanned ok, we also have some equipment for scanning slides and negatives in moderate (not studio) quality - contact us before sending slides or negatives. If scanning please ensure that the photo in line with the edges of the scan frame. Please only attach one photo per email and be sure to include a date and description of the content and the name of the copyright owner (yourself if you took the picture). We will reduce the resolution of oversized images to a maximum width of 1280 pixels and height of 768 pixels.
Resources - Posters
The best way to submit posters is to take a photograph of them with a modern digital camera. Smart phones tend to have wide angle lenses which may distort the image. Tack the image on a plain background (a white wall) and make sure it is evenly illuminated, if it has a gloss finish pay particular attention to reflections. Ensure the poster is vertical and hold the camera level directly in front of the middle of the poster. Step forward or back so that the poster fits in the frame with a border showing all around. We can crop the photo to the original poster and also make minor colour adjustments if needed. Email us the photo with a description of the poster (where and when it was used)