I got the CD in the post from the Imperial War Museum on Wednesday, and spent a chunk of time copying the files onto my hard drive, my external hard drive, another CD and another CD. These are precious data. I’ve also posted a copy to my brother and my cousin.
They are fascinating, of course. I feel rather odd reading them though; these are my relatives, but they are also strangers and foreign: the past is another country, and all that.
The next task is to convert them from PDFs to text files and after some searching I’ve downloaded ABBYY pdf transformer, and it’s not doing a bad job, though they do need some tidying up.