Events

Start Date Start Time Title Description Location
Wednesday 05 August 2020 19:30 Midland Railway and Staff Records

Chris & Judy Rouse: Midland Railway and Staff Records

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We provide a brief history of The Midland Railway and a more in depth look at the kind of records available for researchers. Reseachers can then adapt our techniques to researching their own railway ancestors on any British railway, We will include a short section on your local railway history, including Wolverton Works.

Wednesday 5th August   Open: 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm

At Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB See Northern Branch for details & charges.

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB
Saturday 08 August 2020 13:30 In the Air and On the Sea

Ian Waller: In the Air and On the Sea

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Ian looks at defence in this talk - blockades and submarine warfare, the role of the merchant navy, the battles of Jutland and Dogger Bank, the birth of the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Force and Royal Air Force, the use of balloons, and even pigeons.

Saturday 8th August. Door: 1.30pm Talk: 2pm

At Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL. See Central Branch for details & charges.

Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL
Tuesday 11 August 2020 19:15 Churchyards, Cemeteries and the Victorians

Kevin Varty: Churchyards, Cemeteries and the Victorians

hearse2The Victorians had a preoccupation with death which is hard for us to understand. Many churchyards were full and in a terrible state. This talk shows the effects that the opening of new cemeteries had on Victorian attitudes to death and mourning and illustrates the incredible growth of the funeral industry. All the items of mourning jewellery and funeral ephemera on display are original.

Tuesday 11th August Door 7.15pm Talk: 7.45pm

 

At Bourne End Community Centre. Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX.

See Southern Branch for details & charges.

Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5SX
Wednesday 02 September 2020 19:30 The Bucks Lace Trade

Marion Swindells: The Bucks Lace Trade

Lace250This talk looks at the rise and fall of the Bucks lace trade from the late 1500’s to the early 20th century, the occupations associated with lace trade and the living conditions of lacemakers.

Wednesday 2th September   Open: 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm

At Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB See Northern Branch for details & charges.

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB
Tuesday 08 September 2020 19:15 Making Sense of the Census

Tom Doig: Making Sense of the Census

1911 02Tom Doig is a social historian rather than a family historian, so his use of the census is a little different from ours. Generally, he is looking for much broader trends than individual families, or people.

Tuesday 8th September Door 7.15pm Talk: 7.45pm

At Bourne End Community Centre. Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX.

See Southern Branch for details & charges.

Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5SX
Saturday 19 September 2020 13:30 The Land Army and Timber Corp

Colin Oakes: The Land Army and Timber Corp

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The Women's Land Army had originated in 1917, and was reformed at the start of the Second World War. Although conscription came later, it was originally a volunteer service. Developing from the Women's Forestry Service, the Women's Timber Corps followed in 1942 to conduct forestry work, sourcing and preparing the heavy timber needed in mines and other applications.

Saturday 19th September.  Door: 1.30pm Talk: 2pm

At Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL. See Central Branch for details & charges.

Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL
Wednesday 07 October 2020 19:30 Amersham Inns and Innkeepers

Julian Hunt: Amersham Inns and Innkeepers

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Although only half a dozen pubs exist in the town today, 1773 saw 16 licences being granted to the proprietors of a range of hostelries, some being inns, others alehouses. Although little or nothing is known about some, for others research has revealed a considerable amount of information about the buildings and those owned and ran them.

Wednesday 7th October   Open: 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm

At Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB See Northern Branch for details & charges.

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB
Tuesday 13 October 2020 19:15 Child labour in 19th Century Oxfordshire

Liz Wooley: Child labour in 19th Century Oxfordshire

Child Sweep2Even in rural counties child labour was as much a feature of everyday life in the 19th century as in industrial areas - and cottage industry and agricultural work were by no means the ’soft option’ compared with work in factories and mines.

Tuesday 13th October Door 7.15pm Talk: 7.45pm

At Bourne End Community Centre. Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX.

See Southern Branch for details & charges.

Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5SX
Saturday 17 October 2020 13:30 The British in India

Michael Gandy: The British in India

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The India Office Records are held in the British Library, the most extensive archives relating to the East India Company and the British Empire in India; with much complementary material in other British Library archival collections and the oral history recordings.

Saturday 17th October.  Door: 1.30pm Talk: 2pm

At Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL. See Central Branch for details & charges.

Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL
Wednesday 04 November 2020 19:30 The Village of Grafton Regis

Keith Harry: The Village of Grafton Regis

Grafton RegisThe village has a fascinating history having been the home of Elizabeth Woodville who married Edward iV. From that time until its destruction in the late 17C there was a royal palace which had its hey day during the Tudor Period. Keith will talk about the history of the village and the many characters noble and some not so noble who lived and worked there. He will also tell us about the many records available which tell us about the people and the events they went through.

Wednesday 4th November    Open: 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm

At Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB See Northern Branch for details & charges.

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB