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Over 50% of Bob’s One-Name Study centres on the Caribbean Island of Barbados, which last year celebrated its 50th year of Independence from British rule. Bob has specialised in researching in the Caribbean and is a Guild representative at the ‘Ask the Expert” stand at WDYTYA each year. Bob Cumberbatch is a Master Craftsman of the Guild of One-Name Studies.
British Surnames – A Legacy of British Slave-ownership by Bob Cumberbatch
Financial compensation received by slave owners has left a lasting legacy to be found in British institutions, companies, transport, railways, paintings, libraries, books, country houses and estates. Bob explores a further lasting legacy: The legacy of British Surnames. Find out how British Surnames were adopted by former enslaved people and remain in use to this very day. Discover the origins of British surnames in the Caribbean, how the abolition of slavery contributed to this surname legacy and find out how to trace your one-name in that part of the world.
Bob will be presenting at the Guild of One-Name Studies conference on Sunday 2nd April 2017. Non-members are welcome and booking is currently still open.
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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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