Nottinghamshire Family History Society Programme 2019
All meetings are held at Nottinghamshire Archives commencing at 7.00 p.m. Members have exclusive use of the Archives search room from 5.00 p.m. Non-members also welcome (no charge).
Wednesday 16th January: Jo Peet, ‘Nottinghamshire Emigrants in 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.
Wednesday 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.
Wednesday 20th March: Mo Cooper, ‘The Widow and the Milkman’
An intriguing window into the scandals and practices concerning Edwardian landlords.
Wednesday 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.
Wednesday 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.
Wednesday 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.
Wednesday 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.
Wednesday 21st August: Members’ evening
Short contributions relating to family history research and heirlooms by members and
Wednesday 18th September: Peter Hewlett, ‘Researching Surnames’
A look at the origins of various surnames — including of some of those present at the
Wednesday 16th October: Bob Massey, ‘The Victorian Holiday’
How our ancestors enjoyed their leisure time. Bring your bucket and spade!
Wednesday 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.
Wednesday 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!