Archival Druidry

2015.07.28 065 (1)I’m just back from another totally wonderful, inspiring, mind altering, loving and living Druid Camp and unwilling to dive into the reality of early morning motorways and airplane flights. I can’t tell you just how important the annual Druid Camp is and the embracing community within it, I can only invite you to look out for it next summer.

One of the noticeable evolutions in the camp is the number of solar powered lights that replace the old tea-light in a jam-jar. In part, that’s a shame because the real flame is, well, real. But equally there is something of beauty in walking back to ones tent or camper at four in the morning, guided by a million multicoloured stars. And thus in one aspect Druidry moves along, ever changing, and that changing is also noticeable.

Modern Druidry is flowing, growing, changing… as anything living does. And one day we will look back on these days, as we do to the 1950’s reinvention, the C18th romantic idea of Druidry, the C19th fraternal and cultural druidries…, and say ‘this was Druidry then’. And there may be a lot of information about our time, or (in the age of transitory web sites and erased memory sticks) not so much.

For the past few years, at Druid Camp and at other similar events and conferences, I’ve been recording speakers as they expand on their particular areas and specialisms on the Druid theme. I don’t share them – sometimes I’ve been asked not to, as the speaker is still dining out on that particular presentation. But I do keep them in a safe place. One day they may become important documents on the Druidry of our time. Or not. But I’ve got them anyway.

Does anyone else hold such recordings? Are they safely preserved and indexed? In part this post is to remind me that mine are not as well indexed as they might be. Another job for cold winter nights…

3 responses to “Archival Druidry”

  1. How do we safely preserve things these days? My experience with reel to reel, cassette tapes, VHS, 5¼ and 3¼ floppy discs etc, makes me dubious of all “modern” storage methods. Consumerism means it’s not in manufacturers’ interests to maintain access to “old” technology. Not only do you need to have stuff “preserved and indexed”, you need to constantly review/renew the storage method if the material is to remain readily accessible. There’s something to be said for books, learning by heart and oral transmission 🙂

    Thanks for sharing a little of this year’s Druidcamp via your Photoblip journal though – even if the advance of technology loses it some time in the future, it was good to have a little insight into what it must have been like to be there. (One year …)


  2. 🙂

    Lots more to say in reply – a topic close to my heart – but it’s a bad day, so I will try to come back to it. Love the photos & thoughts you’ve been sharing.


  3. There’s lots of yes to both the comments above – thank you both and I hope your week improves Cadno.

    I once had a lot of .voc files that I lost the ability to interpret. One of them was a voice recording of my paternal grandfather blessing our mutual rediscovery mere months before he died. So I do understand the issues of format dereliction. At the moment all my pictures are .jpg and all my audio is .mp3, each compressed but likely to remain current or at least useable formats for the next few decades. When these formats are superseded it will be a problem for massive user base, and thus I will probably be able to transfer in plenty of time, unlike the .voc files. Likewise my family history files are in both proprietary .ftm and in GEDCOM formats, for the same reasons. But nothing lasts, eh. Paper lasts until the fire, memory until the death… but now we have the cloud.


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