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Susie studied Art history at University of East Anglia and was first bitten by the heritage bug whilst working as an architectural researcher and writing reports and histories of some the most notable and historic government buildings in Westminster. In 1993 she jumped ship joining P&O to catalogue their art collection. That one year contract has morphed into a lifetime. “In a sense we are still cataloguing – if a company is astute enough to reach the ripe old age of 180 you can be sure they have collected a huge heritage along the way.” Today the role of Senior Curator encompasses much more than cataloguing and with a team of 3 dedicated professionals P&O Heritage manages their vast collections worldwide and works hard to bring what is essentially a private collection to a wider public audience.
When not in the pampered surroundings of the office, Susie can usually be found in a kayak or exploring the arctic on skis. In 2004 she joined (as historian) a (six man, one woman!) Royal Naval Expedition following in the footsteps Sir John and James Clark Ross’s 1828-1832 expedition to find the North West passage. In the frozen north of Nunavut in Arctic Canada, Susie (as historian on the expedition) was particularly fascinated to see, and document, the discarded steam engine parts from Ross’s paddle steamer the ‘Victory’ perfectly preserved in the permafrost. “Although steam powered P&O’s success, in the 1820s it was still in its infancy and had yet to prove itself useful for the exploration of new lands where coal depots were in very short supply!”
All Aboard – A pictorial voyage through the people, places and collections of P&O, once the largest shipping company in the World.
Where better to start our voyage than the port city of Southampton where P&O set up home in 1840? Susie will take us through P&O’s history through the archives and collections of P&O Heritage in a richly illustrated talk to launch us into lunch!
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Janet is a longstanding Guild member who speaks regularly on a variety of topics throughout the UK and overseas. Well known for her appearances as her seventeenth century alter ego, Mistress Agnes, on this occasion, Janet will be appearing as herself. She has several books to her credit including the recent re-edit of Family Historians Enquire Within and Putting Your Ancestors in their Place: a guide to one-place studies. Janet tutors online courses for Pharos Teaching and Tutoring www.pharostutors.com and is a columnist for the In-Depth Genealogist magazine theindepthgenealogist.com. More information can be found on her website https://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com.
Ship to Shore: sources for researching coastal communities and their inhabitants
This session will cover a range of documentary sources, websites and books that might be useful to researchers wishing to learn more about those who went to sea, those who lived by the sea and about coastal communities. The presentation will have an international feel and will bear in mind the needs of one-namers.
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Jean-Marc is a retired detective sergeant after 30 years’ service, with both the Metropolitan and Essex Police services. Since his retirement, he has taken on the role of editor for the Guild and is currently undertaking a master’s degree course (Family and Local History) with CAIS at the University of Dundee. He has been interested in his family history since the late 1970’s with research being carried out in both in England and in France where his mother was born. His father is also a retired police officer having served 36 years with the Port of London Police Authority hence Jean-Marc’s interest in giving this presentation.
History of the London Dock Police
Due to the many cargo ships sitting idly in the Pool of London and the continual loss of those goods through theft, the first of the London Docks was opened in August 1802. Just two months later, Captain Robert Bartlett was sworn in as the first Head Constable of the newly established police force, shortly followed by seven constables. Jean-Marc’s talk will look at the various London dock police forces that were created during the early part of the nineteenth century.
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