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ISBN numbers for histories

Feedback from the formal launch of the printed MHMS street histories has been great - just the regrettable typo misspelling North Laine as North Lane blemishing an otherwise wholly positive week!

Many people have contacted us to express their pleasure at receiving a detailed street history and we have been encouraged to provide the publications with ISBN numbers.

Updated copies of the histories will appear very shortly marked with the ISBN-13 numbering system, thereby providing an accurate and reliable way to search for a volume/edition.

Oh, horrible error!

At the launch of the street histories the other day we discovered a regrettable typo on a number of the publications. Very embarrassingly, the central historical area of Brighton known as the North Laine had become the North Lane! This occurred because the covers of the histories were printed as graphics files, hence there was no spell check and our wonderful designer, who is Swiss, was not familiar enough with local history to pick up on the error!

Now this is far from a small matter, it took a great deal of effort to reintroduce the historical name for the area and ensuring correct usage remains a significant issue.

One local emailed us to complain, saying:

REALLY?? I thought MHMS was interested in accurate local history. Can this really have gone out to residents and traders around the North Laine area? I am gobsmacked! . . . I am really saddened by this, . . . we are constantly campaigning to have our area referred to by the correct name and spelling. Now the MHMS project is counteracting all our efforts!

Of course, we too ARE very concerned to ensure that the name is correctly applied and as soon as we discovered the problem we pulped the covers and started again. So, if you retain one of the launch copies keep it safe, one day it might be a collectors item!

Seriously though, apologies to all North Laineites!

Memorial for Phyllis

The Memorial for Phyllis is set for Saturday 10 December.

Service - 11.00 at the Church of the Annunciation, Washington St, Brighton.

Reception - 12.30-2.30 at the Latest Music Bar, 14-17 Manchester St, Brighton. Light buffet lunch provided.

MyHouseMyStreet in print

Ms Nione Meakin, a Features Writer with the Argus, has put together a MyHouseMyStreet story for this month’s Sussex Society magazine. We are grateful to Nione for the time she spent with us researching the article and hope it will bring an appreciation of the project to a wider Sussex audience.
We have recently had a number of enquiries about the possibility of starting up MyHouseMyStreet projects in locations outside of Brighton & Hove. We have no capability to assist with this in the immediate future but we would like to hear from you (via the Contact Us link) if the idea is of interest, with a view to assessing whether to try and offer this capacity in 2012.
An online copy of Nione's article is available at: see pages 28 and 29.

Phyllis McDonald Dies

Phyllis McDonald one of our long-standing volunteers died this morning at the Martlets Hospice in Hove. We will be posting an In memoriam entry for Phyllis during the next few days. Our heartfelt condolences go to all who knew her.

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