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10/9 Project

In September and October last year the billboards outside Lewes Station were, for once, rather intriguing: two photographs by the South African photographer Neville Gabie depicting hand-written diary entries from the 10th of September 2001. This was the first stage of an ongoing collaboration between Gabie and East Sussex Record office, dubbed ‘10/9’. The idea is to recreate a collective picture of life in the Lewes District on the eve of the terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York on September 11th 2001. “The impact of the terrorist attacks has dramatically affected all of our everyday lives,” says organiser Frances Lord, “The project is intended to be a reflection of the impact of that event by focusing on the everyday activities on the day prior to it.”

The organisers are calling on anybody living within the Lewes District to hand in any diary or calendar entry, however small, they made on the day in question. The information will be housed in the East Sussex Information Office: a book of contributions will be published in 2007. The response to the billboard campaign was positive, but there were not many entries from younger people, so Gabie is going to do a series of workshops, together with an (as yet unnamed) writer, to redress the balance. Please send contributions to Elizabeth Hughes, County Archivist, East Sussex Record Office, The Maltings, Castle Precincts, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YT. AG

September 10th, 2001: diary entries on the eve of a new era

Neville Gabie
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Frances Lord
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