Pieter at the IHLIA-archives 2011 - (c) J. Brouwer - www.proudat.nl

On the 21st of September I officially registered LeatherHistory.EU as a Foundation with the Dutch Chamber Of Commerces. The foundation aims to map, preserve and share the history of leather & fetish lifestyles and culture. To achieve its goal the foundation hosts and maintains a website where a digital archive about European leather & fetish history is being built and seeks cooperation with and within the international leather & fetish community.

Even though the building of an online archive about Europe’s leather & fetish history is the primary goal, it doesn’t exclude other initiatives might be taken by the foundation. Think about a book that is published or a presentation that is given at an event. The LeatherHistory.EU Foundation is about quality and content, about making people aware about the value of Europe’s leather & fetish history.

What does the Foundation have to offer?

Anyone is welcome to write on www.leatherhistory.eu about any topic related to European leather & fetish history. Submissions can be written in all languages. The Foundation will provide a translation service so all content can be published both in the author’s original language as well as in English.

The Foundation provides a physical adress where material can be sent to. Furthermore, the website contains a contact form making it easy for visitors to directly upload materials to the foundation’s server.

What’s the next step?

As announced beforehand, a new version of the website has been released on October 1st, 2011. This to give visitors a better idea about what we’re working on. This version might be percieved as ‘rather empty’. For much of the material we currently keep off line copyright and publishing rights still need to be settled or translations have not been finished yet.

As I wrote earlier on, it’s about quality and content, not about filling a blog which as much words as possible.

Specific targets for October 2011

Specific targets for the upcoming month are:

– to further update the website – a continuous target – with content and material, yet more specifically publishing an auditive addition

– to talk with others about preserving European leather history, particularly at the ECMC’s AGM-weekend in Copenhagen during the first weekend of October

Next update

You can expect the next written update by the first Friday of November, 2011. New publications are also announced on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have questions about LeatherHistory.EU, the website or the foundation, feel free to leave a comment or use the contact form to get in touch.

Pieter Claeys

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