|Neil Holmes and Sheena Gaskell |
from Wirral Libraries
My name is Neil Holmes and I am the author of two local books, Liverpool Blitzed and Merseyside Blitzed. I was born on the Wirral in 1979 and still live there today, but work in Liverpool as a civil servant. My interest in local history and photography led me to research Liverpool’s wartime experiences, culminating in the publication of my first book (Liverpool Blitzed) in 2011. This just covered the city, but I knew that the surrounding area had suffered badly too, so was eager to tell that story too. I therefore spent the a year in the local archives, collecting wartime images and travelling around the region taking modern photographs for my second book, which was published in 2012.
Since then I have set up a Facebook author page, Flickr account and twitter account which I use to raise awareness about the affect the blitz had on the region. This is done through a few methods, including a series of "on this night" updates, wartime photographs, side by side "then and now" comparison photographs and general updates related to the blitz. I also have an ongoing project at the moment to create a series of "ghost" photographs where the modern and wartime images are merged together to create one seamless image.
There are a few sample images below:
I'm constantly on the look out for more information or photos about the blitz and welcome comments, stories and questions from people. I love researching people's family stories, finding out the facts behind them and helping people to learn more about what their friends or relations went through. So if you have an interest in Merseyside's history, any information or questions just pop along to one of the links below and I'll do my best to answer them.