My past-time seems to have become a project. I have had an interest for a while in old mostly pre-war hydros which have stopped generating. there are hundreds of these in N Wales where I live and I have spent a little time tracking the odd one down. They are stunning pieces of industrial and social history. One aspect i like is the fact that rural areas of Wales and the Lake District these where innovators and cutting edge in terms of energy development. From the initial work I think there are around 400 of these little hydro treasure houses around N Wales. The funding kindly given by the Heritage Lottery Fund under the ‘all our stories’ heading will help quite a bit. The project has already attracted 15 volunteer photographers including individuals from camera clubs across N Wales. The end result will be a large exhibition in 12 months time and also record whats left of these renewable energy sites. On a personal note I hope one or two of them can come back to life. We are also developing an online gallery of all the sites as well as a new blog to track the work as it develops. More on this later!