I will post a few updates rolled into one here, since things moved very swiftly over the last few days and I haven't had a chance until now to disseminate the information.FUTURE OF THE CAMPAIGN
I am very happy to say that our campaign to purchase the 1798 copy of Roworth's "The Art of Defence on Foot" has been extremely successful. We have managed to also achieve our £1250 stretch goal and acquire the 1804 copy as well. We set out to rescue a single text, and due to the generosity and support of the community, we have rescued two, and will now set to creating facsimiles of both.
Tonight Keith and I discussed the future of this campaign and we have decided not to create any further stretch goals. There were a couple of options for other texts we could pursue, but we felt that we had accomplished what we set out to do, and we have learned a lot about running such campaigns in future. We are extremely taken aback by the generosity and support, not only from those who contributed but also from those who sent messages of encouragement and continuously shared links on our behalf. It truly was a crowd effort.
The campaign officially has another 9 days to run and Indiegogo does not allow campaigns to end early. As a result, we will let it continue to run, and we would encourage people still to contribute and share the campaign link. Along with the acquisition costs for these two treatises, there are other costs such as maintenance, insurance and handling equipment costs for such items, so that they can be made as available as possible without great risk. Therefore, further contributions will help the charity to cover these costs, along with the costs of producing the facsimiles. Any left over money after the completion of the project will be put into the charity's antique acquisition budget to allow for further acquisitions in future.NEW PERKS
We have added a set of new perks to make it possible for people to receive a copy of both facsimiles and to apply the name perk to both facsimiles if desired.
As a reward for those who gave a £50 contribution, we will send you a copy of both facsimiles to thank you for your generosity. However, if you wish to have your name added to the paperwork for BOTH facsimiles, please note that this requires upgrading to the £100 perk. If you leave your donation at £50, then you will still receive both facsimiles, but your name will be added to the list of contributors only for the 1798 treatise.
All contributors will be contacted towards the end of the campaign to select which edition you want your perk applied to (this will default to the 1798 if you do not let us know in a timely fashion).
Thank you again. We really could not have done this without all of your help, and we are excited about helping to make the facsimiles available to the community.
Please do consider sending a donation to the campaign if you have not yet done so, since there are further costs that we must bear to look after the treatises once they arrive, even if they are less glamorous than the initial purchase!UNWRAPPING THE TREATISE
A couple of days ago, Ben collected the parcel with the 1798 treatise, and decided it was only fair to make this video when he brought it home: we hope you all enjoy and thank you again. Remember, there is still plenty of time to contribute and share the campaign. There are a lot of expenses still to consider and any help would be appreciated.
Video of the unwrapping: http://youtu.be/_z65cSNwZiw
The official campaign link:http://igg.me/at/roworth/x/8012862