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We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding at this time.

Events

Explore Family History Websites – Ancestry.co.uk
  • 13/05/2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    The Hive
    £7

These family history websites hold billions of records and are free to use in The Hive. We regularly get asked about them, as people want to be sure they’re getting the most out of them and want to know what they have (and what they don’t have!). These workshops will look at the websites, and we’ll have the laptops out so we can get hands on and search during the workshop.

Introduction to Reading Latin in Parish Records
  • 18/05/2020
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    The Hive
    £15
A workshop for those beginning to read Latin documents for their research. It’s led by one of our archivists using the parish registers. As well as looking at some of the background to the records and the use of Latin, you’ll get the chance to have a go at translating some typical parish records.

The session will focus on reading the documents rather than teaching Latin, so participants should already have some basic Latin knowledge.

Explore Family History websites – Find My Past
  • 20/05/2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    The Hive
    £7
These family history websites hold billions of records and are free to use in The Hive. We regularly get asked about them, as people want to be sure they’re getting the most out of them and want to know what they have (and what they don’t have!). These workshops will look at the websites, and we’ll have the laptops out so we can get hands on and search during the workshop.
Ancestry.co.uk is 13 May
First Steps in House History
  • 04/06/2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    The Hive
    £6
These 1 hour introductions will guide you round the most useful local or house history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people and are £6 per person
First Steps in Family History
  • 04/06/2020
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    The Hive
    £6
These 1 hour introductions will guide you round the most useful family history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people.
Introduction to Palaeography – Secretary Hand
  • 08/06/2020
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    The Hive
    £15
Find out about Secretary Hand with one of our archivists. Using various examples from the archives we’ll go through the basics of reading documents from the 16th and 17th centuries which used this style of handwriting.