As I live in Whitstable which has a rich history of diving I was especially
interesting to receive an email from Gary Wallace-Potter of The Historical
Diving Society . He tells me the HDS originally started compiling the Divers
Index, in 1997 as an occupation database of Divers, Divers Tenders,
Attendants and Linesmen, and Diving Related Trades. The Society's aim is 'to
promote an interest in, and the preservation of our diving heritage' and the
Index is symbolic of this by making it accessible to the public, in
particular family historians, and researchers.
The original source of information for the Index was extracted from Census
Returns, C19th Newspapers and other historical documents, and therefore was
predominately of C19th people.
However, with the Internet new documents are becoming accessible. Through
various exhibitions and events that the Historical Diving Society conduct
throughout the year they have expanded their source of names into the C20th.
This is an on-going project and the aim is eventually to create the Index
into an 'On-line searchable database', but presently all enquiries are dealt
with manual, via email contact from the Historical Diving Society web-site,
postal or direct contact.
To date the Historical Divers Index comprises approximately 4900 names of
divers, divers tenders, attendants, linesmen, and diving related trades.
If you have any inquiries about diving history please do pass your details
onto the Historical Diving Society who will be only too happy to help.
The Historical Diving Society - Divers Index
c/o 2 St. Lawrence Way
St. Albans, Hertfordshire
AL2 3XN, UK
Home Tel: 01923 - 400906
Email: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> diversindex(a)thehds.com
Web: <http://www.thehds.com> www.thehds.com
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