Events

Start Date Start Time Title Description Location
Wednesday 03 July 2019 19:30 Coram and the Foundling Hospital

Colin Oakes: Coram and the Foundling Hospital

The Foundling HospitalThe Coram Foundation was the personal creation of a former sea captain, philanthropist and ship builder and was like no other orphanage in the country or abroad. Thousands went into this institution and yet because of its unique short birth certificate, many do not realise their relatives were there. The talk speaks of its conception, development and subsequent move out of London in 1923 to Surrey, then Hertfordshire before it comes back to London in a different form. Lastly we look at its 1938-2019 role, and the problem of the Coram museum.

Wednesday 3rd July 7.30pm

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

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB
Tuesday 09 July 2019 19:15 Coroners' Inquests

Dr Kathy Chater: Coroners' Inquests

BecCoronersCourtsThe coroner holds an inquest if a death has been sudden and unexplained, when the cause is unknown, or the death is unnatural. Requiring no legal or medical knowledge until more recent times, the Coroner was an elected official. Inquests were often held in rooms in pubs. Records of Inquests are fascinating - where they can be found - throwing much light on the way of life and manner of death experienced by our ancestors. The majority of post mid-18th century records are held at local archives, but The National Archives holds some dating back to the 12th century, although none is available to view online.

Tuesday 9th July 7.30pm

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 07 August 2019 19:30 Buckinghamshire Convicts 1770-1870

Ken Griffin: Buckinghamshire Convicts 1770-1870

prisonerThere is so much to be discovered about convicts in Buckinghamshire. From the debitors in the Bridewell to those who hang or get transported. This will be a facinating talk

Wednesday 3rd July 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 August 2019 19:15 Old Photographs - Their Care And Conservation

Tom Doig: Old Photographs - Their Care And Conservation

colnbrook1sWith pollution and modern materials, our photographs are at an increasing risk. In this talk Tom Doig considers how they should be stored, and methods of ‘safe’ display. He'll also take a brief look at the vulnerability of audio and video recordings and suggest strategies for their preservation.

Tuesday 13th August 7.30pm

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 August 2019 13:30 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor

Helen Ford: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor

LangleyACs

Helen Ford, Archive Manager at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, will give this talk on the subject of family history and trade unions. Helen will provide an introduction to the Modern Records Centre and an overview of the wide range of occupations and trade union collections held there. Using several examples of different trade unions archives Helen will provide details of the specific types of membership records and the information they often contain, including marital status, employer, sickness and unemployment payments, retirement and cause of death.

Saturday 17th August 1.30pm

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 September 2019 19:30 The Enumerator Strikes Back

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 7th September 7.30pm

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

Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2HB
Tuesday 10 September 2019 19:15 Amersham's Metroland

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.

Tuesday 10th September 7.30pm

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 21 September 2019 13:30 Coaching Days On The Old Oxford Road

Julian Hunt: Coaching Days On The Old Oxford Road

stagecoach

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

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