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Guild Conference & AGM


One-Name Studies – Port and Starboard

Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Southampton, SO32 2UA

Friday 31st March – Sunday 2nd April 2017

Provisional Main Programme

Friday 31st March 2017

14:00 onwards Registration
15:00 – 15:30 Informal DNA gathering with refreshments
15:30 – 17:00 DNA Discussion with Debbie Kennett, Maurice Gleeson & Barbara Griffiths
17:00 – 18:00 Guild Help Clinic
An opportunity to have an informal face to face discussion with fellow Guild members about anything associated with One-Name Studies.
18:00 Buffet
20:00 Quiz

Saturday 1st April 2017

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 Annual General Meeting
11:00 – 12:00 Opening Session: All Aboard – A pictorial voyage through the people, places and collections of P&O, once the largest shipping company in the World
– Susie Cox, Senior Curator, P & O Heritage Collection

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!
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
Committee Meeting
13:30 – 14:30 Yeomen to shipwrights, sailors and owners – Mewburns and the sea – Ian McDonald
The Mewburns are a family largely of the ‘middling sort’. They are from the north east – Cleveland, County Durham and occasionally Northumberland. A fairly complete genealogical study has been made of them and of their transformation from yeomen farmers in the 16th and 17th centuries to more professional folk in the 18th and 19th. However, a major branch became boatbuilders while various others, perhaps influenced by living around the Tees, Wear and Tyne, were lured by the sea or into business to profit from the sea. This talk looks at a near-complete one-name study (well probably not) and the marine related sources that have helped to illuminate a few corners of it.
14:30 – 15:30 The Royal Navy in Malta – Kim Baldacchino
Since this small group of Mediterranean islands came under British rule with the surrender of Napoleon’s occupying troops in 1800, Malta has been of strategic importance to the Royal Navy. From ‘nurse of the Mediterranean’ to the whole country being awarded the George Cross for heroism, Kim will investigate the naval history of this nation as it relates to Britain along with the historic sites, records and memorials that preserve this history.
15:30 – 16:00 Tea Break
16:00 – 17:00 Shackles, Shekels and Shrapnel, the Exodus to the Southern Seas – Michelle Patient
Since the late 1700s there have been various waves of migration from the Northern Hemisphere to the “new lands” in the Southern Seas. Michelle will explore migration waves, the records they created and where to find them.
17:10 Special General Meeting (Guild members only)
19:30 Reception
20:00 Conference Dinner

Sunday 2nd April 2017

07:45 – 09:30 Breakfast
08:45 – 09:15 Ecumenical Service
09:30 – 10:30 Ship to Shore: sources for researching coastal communities and their inhabitants
– Janet Few

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.
11:00 – 12:00 British Surnames – A Legacy of British Slave-ownership – 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.
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
Regional Representatives Meeting
13:30 – 14:30 Waves of Migration:Landing on the shores of Canada and the United States
– Tessa Keough & Peggy Chapman

As your one-name study travels the world, chances are good that at some point your surname will land on the shores of North America. Peggy and Tessa will identify the ports in two of the largest countries in North America and explore the resources and records that will assist you as you extend your one-name study to North America.
15:00 – 16:00 History of the London Dock Police – Jean-Marc Bazzoni
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.
16:00 – 16:30 Conference Close – Paul Howes

The Venue:

The venue is the MacDonald Botley Park Hotel located at Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Southampton, SO32 2UA. Free parking is available for those arriving by car. If you can find any free time on the weekend, there is a swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and spa.

Booking details for the Conference:

To book on this Conference, you can use our online booking form¹ in any of three ways:

  • Book online and pay online via PayPal or credit card;
  • For Guild members, book online and pay by direct bank transfer through your bank, quoting the reference number given on the form (this is the method which represents the least cost to the Guild);
  • Fill in the booking form online, then print it and send it through the post with your cheque.

Alternatively, you can download our flyer booking form, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted, with a cheque to:
Alan Moorhouse, Guild Conference Booking 2017, Whites, 8 Strachans Close, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 3EB.

Joining instructions are now available HERE.

For further details, , or telephone the Guild HelpDesk on 0800 011 2182.

¹Please note, when booking on a conference either by post or online, the Guild’s “Distance Selling” terms and conditions.

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