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David Annal: The Enumerator Strikes Back

BKMHO107 1718The enumerators first went to work on the UK census in 1841 and have performed a vital role in each successive decennial census ever since then. It hasn’t always been an easy ride: confronted by hostile householders and at the mercy of the decisions made by the census authorities, their stories shed a fascinating light on one of the most important sets of records used by family historians today. Using original documents, contemporary newspaper reports and the census returns themselves, this talk will turn the spotlight onto the men and women who created the UK’s census returns.

Wednesday 4th September 7.30pm

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

The Northern Branch meetings are at Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB and are normally held on the first Wednesday in each month starting at 19:30. All are welcome.

 There is a normally a charge for entry of £4 for non-members and £2 for members. Refreshements extra.

 

Julian Hunt: Coaching Days On The Old Oxford Road

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Julian begins his talk with a look at travel as it was in the 16th century before exploring the improvements to roads brought about by the turnpike trusts two hundred years later, and the evolution of the stage coaches which began to connect major towns. Those wealthy enough to engage their services were obliged to break their journeys at the numerous coaching inns which sprang up, some in what may seem to us curiously odd places. Julian explains how these essential facilities were large, slickly-managed businesses, without which the stage coach services could not have operated.

Saturday 21th September 1.30pm

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

The Central Branch meetings are held monthly, normally on the third Saturday of the month. From September 2017 we are meeting at Turnfurlong Junior School, Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP21 7PL.

There is normally a charge of £4 for non-members and £2 for members. Refreshments extra.


Many of us have old family photographs, but sometimes it can be frustratingly difficult to guess the identity of the sitter. A knowledge of the way photography and fashions changed can narrow down the date at which a photograph is likely to have been taken. In the same way that fashions change, so do military uniforms.
But unlike fashions, uniforms changed at set dates and once you know the basics you can start identifying your own. Graham hopes you'll let him help you with this 'dark art', and invites you bring along your own photographs for identification and dating. They must be originals, though, which to the trained eye can hold a mass of information. He'll do his best from a very high resolution scan, but really, you need to find that original.

 

This is out first talk at the new Aylesbury venue. Turnfurlong Junior School see Central Branch for the map and other details.

Emily Toettcher: Amersham’s Metroland

metrolandAmersham is the last and latest of the Metro-land housing developments. Emily will share the story of the railway's coming to Amersham, the development of the new town and the archetypal Metro-land housing that emerged in the 1930s.

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Tuesday 10th September 7.30pm

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

See Southern Branch for details & charges.

The Southern Branch meetings are at Bourne End Community Centre. Bourne End is located close to both the M4 and M40 motorways. The Community Centre is located in Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX.

There is normaly a charge of £4 for non-members and £2 for members. Refreshments Extra.