A Criminal Act
I am amazed at how many photographs, letters which should have been kept by a family have ended up in total strangers hands. If a person holds ancestral photographs which have nothing to do with their family, wouldn’t they make it their business to find out who’s these albums belong to (clue: the person who last lived in the house…). How could someone throw other people’s old albums – images of someones ancestors in the rubbish bin! Yet it happened to a relative of mine and not for the first time. Some people must have no conscience. The albums mentioned were pictures taken of my ancestors by my Nana who would group her nine children, light the camera, run round pose with them AND develop the photographs. They were inadvertedly left in a loft in Liverpool and when the relative missed them, was told by the new owners that they had thrown them out…..
They don’t belong to you
Yet you can accept their custody
As your right to bin
Of my right to my ancestors
Who so casually
Disposes of someone elses family history
Of which you have no entitlement
And no right
But by default
My memorials, pictorials,
Chronicles and images
Have ended up in your careless hands
My ancestors stand in front of your future
And curse your careless hands!
©Lynda Roberts 2010
Found photo from this blog thanks!