We are being very ambitious. here are some of the projects being planned...
will collect weird stuff of all kinds case-related evidence, relics,
objects, memorabilia, ephemera etc related to any category of fortean
interest; it will also organise special and educational exhibitions
(eg. UFO-related artworks).
will build up a collection of books, periodicals, newsclippings and illustrative material for public access.
will develop, in parallel with the library and museum, a reference
collection which we will endeavour to make accessible from anywhere in
the world via the Internet.
The CFI presence on the web will be a unique information resource
called the Encyclopedia Forteana. This will make use of the latest
technologies to provide sound information on people, creatures, ideas
and beliefs, organisations, places, dates, topics, case-studies, latest
events and publications and so on, enhanced by lists, FAQs,
bibliographies, reading lists etc. Other levels (fully integrated but
with restricted access) will provide researchers with primary indexes,
catalogues and special archives of data and images.
Information services, reading lists and guides for schools to
encourage sound thinking and practical strategies for assessing
anomalous phenomena etc.
Images are an important part of documentation and need archiving
too. We're dedicated to preserving visual evidence of people, places,
events, phenomena and so on. This special visual archive of art,
graphics, film, video and photography will function in it's own right
as a commercial picture library (acting as agent for copyright holders)
and bringing revenue to the CFI.
This is one of those functions that cuts across other departments,
providing a lateral dimension to their vertical concentration. This
department will receive donated and other incoming material, classify
and catalogue, scan and digitise items ... and generally
cross-reference all additions to the CFI collections. Probably the
least interesting to the public, this department's work is crucial to
the usefulness of the CFI.
Expeditions, research grants The CFI will also hold focused
seminars on specific issues, restricted to leading researchers in the
subject, with the aim discussing and advancing the subject, and publish
As a proper institution, CFI will work towards improving the
standards of scholarship in our subjects and will speak out for writers
and researchers, especially in the pursuit of fair pay, copyright and
proper credit. Nor will we shrink from speaking out against attempts to
mislead the public through shoddy scholarship, bigotry, deceit, fraud
and malice as these demean our profession and confuse the public.