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Guild Conference & AGM


39th Annual Conference – National Treasures

Cedar Court Hotel, Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3QZ

Friday 23rd March – Sunday 25th March 2018


Preparations for the Guild’s 2018 Conference & AGM are well underway with plans for speakers from the following organisations:

Stands:-Anticipated from all the above
Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies.
Archives for Yorkshire.
Guild – MWP, Books.
Yorkshire Indexers.

Provisional Main Programme

15:30 – 16:00 Tea Break

Friday 23rd March 2018

14:00 onwards Registration. For those who are interested a chance to visit West Yorkshire History Centre.
15:00 – 15:30  
15:30 – 17:00  
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
19:30 Quiz

Saturday 24th March 2018

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 Annual General Meeting
11:00 – 12:00  

The West Riding Registry of Deeds.
David Morris- Archivist. West Yorkshire History Centre.
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
Committee Meeting
13:30 – 14:30  

Divine Inspiration: Family History and Archbishops’ Registers.
Borthwick Institute for Archives: Gary Brannan-Access Archivist.
14:30 – 15:30  Driver, Draughtman, Cleaner, Clerk: Discovering your railway family at the National Railway Museum.

Peter Thorpe and Angélique Bonamy
16:00 – 17:00  
19:00 Reception
19:30 Conference Dinner. After dinner speaker Guild Patron Peter O’Donoghue.

Sunday 25th March 2018

07:45 – 09:30 Breakfast
08:45 – 09:15 Ecumenical Service
09:30 – 10:30  

Eating the Elephant – Records Management and Service Personnel Records in the UK Ministry of Defence.
– Paul Stevenson
11:00 – 12:00  

Brian Bush, Business Development Manager
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30  
15:00 – 16:00  
16:00 – 16:30  Conference Close


The venue is the Cedar Court Hotel located at Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3QZ. Free parking is available for those arriving by car. If you can find any free time on the weekend, there is a swimming pool, Hot Spa bath, Turkish Steam room and state-of-the-art gym.

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;
  • To pay the balance of your fee follow this link.

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.

For further details, contact the conference organiser, 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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