All meetings are at the Nottinghamshire Archives, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AG, commencing at 7.15 pm (7.00 pm from January 2019) with sole use of the Search Room from 5pm. Free car parking on site.

Programme 2018

19th December – Christmas meeting including refreshments

Join us for some festive banter and mince pies to finish off 2018.

Programme 2019

16th January – Josanne Peet, “Nottinghamshire Emigrants to the New World in the 19th century.”

Using documents, diaries and letters, we will hear of the fascinating stories about some of the American settlers.

20th February: Brian Howes, ‘Pubs and Beer Houses of Old Nottingham’

Did your ancestors work in the pub trade — or enjoy a pint or two? Discover how the Beer House Act of 1830 created a network of local bohemian drinking establishments.

20th March: Mo Cooper, ‘The Widow and the Milkman’

An intriguing window into the scandals and practices concerning Edwardian landlords.

17th April: Ann Featherstone, ‘W F Wallett, the Queen’s Jester’

Perhaps the most famous man you have never heard of! An actor, clown, juggler, acrobat,
entrepreneur, and, so he claimed, favourite of Queen Victoria.

15th May: AGM, followed by Brian Binns, ‘Victorian Nottingham, as seen through the life of my ancestor Levi Lee’

A fascinating family history story, meticulously researched, and which promises to be an entertaining look at a local personality.

19th June: Ruth Imeson, Ichabod Wright: A Victorian family historian’

The life of a local banker and gentleman, as told partly through his own words.

17th July: Edward Hammond, ‘In the Service of the Emperor: The life and experiences of a Napoleonic Soldier’

An in-depth look into the everyday experiences of an ordinary fusilier in Napoleon’s army 200 years ago.

21st August: Members’ evening

Short contributions relating to family history research and heirlooms by members and

18th September: Peter Hewlett, Please note change of speaker – ‘Shopping in Victorian Nottingham’ by Peter Hammond

16th October: Bob Massey, ‘The Victorian Holiday’

How our ancestors enjoyed their leisure time. Bring your bucket and spade!

20th November: Robert Mee, ‘Village Lock-ups in the East Midlands’

Were any of your ancestors ever locked up? A study of these often forgotten structures and their history.

18th December: Danny Wells, ‘The Victorians and the Christmas season’

How and why did our Victorian ancestors re-energise and transform the festive season and influence how we know it today. Followed of course by mince pies!