The Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport has digitized and published a unique collection of Balaton photos on its website. The material primarily documents the lakeside works and the construction of harbours that took place between the two world wars, and the social conditions of the labourers who worked by the lake.
The specialists of the museum concluded a cooperation agreement with Lake Balaton Boating Ltd. with a view to processing the archives of BAHART (the predecessor of the boating company). They digitized nine boxes of material, most of which was generated at the Royal Inspectorate of Balaton Harbours between 1930 and 1940. In addition, the collection also features a few photos taken during the MAHART and BAHART period. The digitization workshop, the museologists and archival specialists of the museum processed the collection over several months of painstaking work.
“The processing of the BAHART photographic archive has allowed us to present material to the public that has only been accessible to a limited number of people, and which may be of interest not only for researchers. These previously unpublished photos primarily offer a new perspective on Balaton during the interwar period. We at the Museum of Transport believe it is one of our most important tasks to cooperate with Hungarian companies in order to preserve the sources of transport and industrial history and to present the material in accordance with 21st century expectations. We are now able to report on a successful job of that sort, while the processing of this valuable archive still continues,” said General Director Dávid Vitézy about the project.
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