Well, what can I say? Two years ago, when the idea came to mind of forming the e-zine, little did I expect it to take off in the way in which it has, and by no means did I expect to still be around! But, we are far from resting on our laurels; we are continuing to strive for better things for the UKHH. I will not deny the fact that there have been times when I have wanted to bang my head against a brick wall, but, find me an Editor that has an easy job! I must admit, it has been worth the stress, worth the pain, the long nights working around the clock with the team to get magazines out on time. I am left speechless at how far we have come, the connections we have made, the partners we have and yet there is still so much more to come on the horizon.
When the first e-zine went live, 2 years ago today, we went live with 12 pages, mainly filled with northern news and a limited amount of contributors, to around 50 people. Now, with an average of 50 pages and the average viewing figures of 3,500, around the globe with subscribers in Australia, New Zealand and Canada to state a few, every 3 weeks, with increasing numbers of contributors from around the country, and in some cases, around the world, the only way is up. Looking back at that first issue, quality has certainly come an awful long way in the time!
A selection of previous front covers
Over the years we have certainly been very lucky at UKHH. We have great support from regular contributors and we are continually receiving submissions from new names, which are great to see and are always a pleasure. We are always on the lookout for new contributors. Be it images, ideas for articles, gala reviews or a new series of articles. Every suggestion is considered as equal and will be well received.
The UK Heritage Hub prides itself on providing something for everyone. We have covered Air, Sea, Road & Rail together with industrial heritage. There are plans in the pipeline to cover much more in the coming months aswell
On a personal note, I am indebted to the great Editorial & Admin teams of which the UKHH has. I won’t name them all to save them a few blushes, but, they mean a lot to me, and have helped, in their own way, to form the UKHH in to what it is today. I could not do this by myself due to its sheer size and vast diversity of items we undertake. To everyone, the supporters, contributors, readers, the team and everyone whom has shared our work with friends and family, I say a very big thank you.
We have the privilege at UKHH of having some great partners and contributors. I took the time to ask them what the UKHH means to a few of them earlier in the week, below are their thoughts and feelings;
“As UKHH’s charity partner, I’m very proud to have been a small part of this huge success. The magazine has done so, so much for us and I can only hope that when Asperger’s Fundraiser comes to that age, we will have had the same level of success”
Oliver Morgan, Chairman, Asperger’s Fundraiser
“In the 8 months that I’ve been creating content for the UK Heritage Hub YouTube page, I’ve been delighted to see the channel continue to grow in popularity. The first videos uploaded have reached in excess of 4,000 views each at the time of writing, and I’m pleased that all of the comments both our editorial team and I have received have been positive. It has also been a real pleasure to work with some of the UK’s top videographers in producing the first of, I hope, many ‘community’ videos for this channel – the Best of 2013 (Part 2)”
James Corben, UKHH Videographer & Contributor
“A unique quality of UKHH is its growing community of contributors that is pulled together and presented with such professional integrity. By integrating the Locoyard blog within the UKHH family it has greatly helped integrate, involve and campaign for the interests of our wider community, which not only has made for a fun experience but a rewarding one too! UK Heritage Hub is more than a publication, it is a community and as a result it can only grow. I am so happy to be involved with UKHH and greatly look forward to the next two years and beyond to see it flourish!”
Dave Deane, Locoyard
A few weeks ago I tasked James Corben, a much valued member of the UK Heritage Hub team and one of our resident videographers, with compiling another new video for us. The subject was straight forward; highlights of the last two years in the railway world, to show what has happened in the time that we have been publishing. He had this to say, “In this special anniversary video, I have gone back through my computer’s hard drive to find the shots that, for me, sum up the UK’s railway heritage. From the bark of the Great Western ‘Castle’ to the roar of a Deltic’s Napier engine, this video features the very best of this country’s preservation”. The end result, as seen below, will leave you far from disappointed. You of course can see all other UKHH Videos by following this link; https://www.youtube.com/user/UKHeritageHub
Once again, I would like to say thank you to every single one of you, without you, we wouldn’t be here. There are some very exciting prospects on the horizon for us here at UKHH. Primarily our second year in a row supporting the Gwili Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala in October and also, after a lot of time doing the groundwork, we aim to take our Youth Project to the next level, with the help of a Heritage Railway as we look to build up a strong base at this location, for the next generation to help preserve what we know and love. So stay tuned for details of both big events and much more besides.
Here is to the next two years and beyond!