I have a bad visual memory; I am rubbish at describing activities and places from my imagination. I’ve probably passed through thousands of train stations in my life, but I’ll have to get to bus up to London Bridge if I want to write about a station in a story. I need the detail, the specifics.
I have an idea for a series of books set in Trinidad in the 1940s, but even walking around modern day Port of Spain would have its limitations. That’s why the National Archives’ project to digitise their old images of the Caribbean is so – well – wonderful. Free to explore, they’ve made accessible to writers, historians and the plain curious, hundreds of images of the colonial Caribbean – from Grenada to Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago to Turks and Caicos – they are inviting us to have a look and have a ‘say’. An excellent resource!