A photographic record of Faringdon, Oxfordshire, UK

jigsaw pieces, various

Many communities all over the country decided to commemorate the year 2000 with a pictorial or other record of themselves.

For a town with over 6,000 inhabitants, a photographic record seemed rather ambitious, to say the least, but for some of us the challenge proved too tempting. (The total number of buildings and roads photographed eventually came to about 3,140.)

An advertisement was placed in the "What's On", and twenty three amateur photographers volunteered to undertake the massive task of photographing every building in Faringdon and as many of the residents as wished to take part.

The results were displayed in the fotoFARINGDON2000 exhibition which took place in All Saints Church, at Easter 2001.

This unique collection of photographs has been made into a virtual tour of the town, and recorded on CD *. Copies of the CD are lodged in the Oxfordshire County Record Office, the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies, the Town Library, and the Faringdon Tourist Office so that future generations of local, family and social historians will be able to access a digital record of Faringdon as it appeared in the year 2000.

* Unfortunately, compact disks have proved to be unreliable media for the long term storage of data and the project had stopped working properly with today's browsers. So in 2018, I decided to upgrade the programming and keeping to the original format make all available here online for anyone to freely access.