Now that the Blyton collection has been fully catalogued and numbered, we can start work on digitising some of the material. As with most of the material in the Seven Stories archive, the Blyton typescripts are all still protected by copyright law and ownership of the physical items does not carry with it any rights in terms of reproduction. Copyright in all of the Blyton typescripts is owned by Chorion, and we have agreed with them permission to reproduce complete chapters from three of the typescripts – Five Have a Wonderful Time, Last Term at Malory Towers and the play Noddy in Toyland – online, as well as reproducing single pages from the other typescripts.
The process of digitisation can be quite complicated, and does take time. The first step is deciding which pages to select for digitisation. We generally take quite a mixed approach to this decision-making process – some things will be the archivist’s choice, based on a consideration of what offers a good insight into the creative process; some things will be items which have struck volunteers as particularly interesting or quirky when they have been working with a collection; and some things may be selected because they have proved particular popular with school groups or members of the public who have had the opportunity to view material first hand.
Given the unique opportunity this blog presents, we can open that selection procedure up further and canvas opinion from you on what you would like to see. We are, of course, constrained to some extent by the limits of our licence, but we do have free rein to select any chapter from Five Have a Wonderful Time and Last Term at Malory Towers and reproduce it in full online. So, if you have a favourite chapter from either of those titles, and a burning desire to compare the draft with the published version, then let us know and you may well see your wish come true!