Sunday, 15 May 2011
In New York for a couple of days for a meeting last week I was fortunate to be able to visit 'Ground Zero' and the associated very moving exhibition again. Amongst the crowds several people referred to the exhibition being part of their 'living history' which will never be forgotten. As part of the redevelopment of the area, a new exhibition centre will permanently record the tragic event. It was a really moving reminder of that terrible day.
However it also got me thinking on a much smaller scale how poor many people and communities are still at recording events and change as it happens. Frequently people record significant events though a variety of media including digital technology but then, don't know what to do with it, except maybe posting it on YouTube, it just gets stored and forgotten.
Equally I have worked with so many schools and communities undergoing major redevelopment who always regret after the event that they did not record the change, be it construction, demolition or something else and find ways to keep it. Equally they do not keep key artefacts. I am certainly not diminishing the power of the 9/11 exhibition, but it did get me thinking of how often I have heard people say "if only....."
This recording can only be done as it happens, afterwards is too late!