Operation Plum Puddings was borne out of research conducted by Alan Cleaver and Lesley Park in 1999 for a booklet on the Christmas Truce called, Plum Puddings For All (now out of print). This collated letters about the truce contained in Hampshire newspapers as well as background material on the men who wrote them. It made Alan and Lesley aware of the vast resource lying dormant in newspaper archives: original personal letters from participants describing what happened and the effect it had on them. Volunteers have been recruited (and are still sought) to go through these archives and transcribe the letters. It is a non-commercial exercise and the transcriptions will be made available to the public via this website.
Alan Cleaver is deputy editor of The Whitehaven News. He has worked on regional papers throughout his career and on The Times' website. He is editor or co-editor of a number of a local history publications including Strange Wycombe and Strange Berkshire. He is editor of the Strange Britain website.
Lesley Park is a freelance journalist based in Whitehaven, Cumbria. She was co-author of Plum Puddings For All and has also carried out research on local history and folklore in the UK.
To contact Alan or Lesley, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.