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Jul 192017

West Country Wanderings Seminar

Teign Heritage Centre, 29 French Street, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8ST

09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 11th November 2017

The broad spectrum of events in the West Country that led to the movement of people to and from the area will be covered in this seminar. We have five excellent speakers with good local knowledge who will provide interesting insights.

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09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:05 Welcome to the Seminar – Julie Goucher
10:05 – 11:00 The Cornish Diaspora – Kim Baldacchino
11:00 – 11:02 Two Minutes Silence
11:02 – 11:10 Comfort Break
11:10 – 12:05 Farm, Fish, Faith or Family: Motivations for Emigration from North Devon 1830 – 1870 – Dr Janet Few
12:05 – 13.05 Lunch Break
13:05 – 14.00 Tracing the Devon Diaspora Through DNA – Debbie Kennett
14:00 – 14:10 Comfort Break
14:10 – 15:05 Clockmaker, Ship Builder, Empire Maker: A story of a Devon Family – Julie Goucher
15:05 – 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 – 16:25 The Quest for Land: West Dorset Migration to the United States 1820 – 1920 – Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard
16:25 – 16.45 Plenary Sessions and Final Q+A – Speaker Panel
16.45 Close of Seminar

Applications to attend are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists, and members of the general public having an interest in the subject matter.

The seminar cost including refreshments and buffet lunch is £19.00.

Teign Heritage Centre is across the road from Teignmouth station and there is parking in the railway car park which costs £3.90 all day (free for blue badge holders).

We would like to ensure that any delegate with a disability can participate fully in this event. Anyone with any special requirements should telephone the Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182 or email

An accommodation listing is available here.  A number of delegates and members of the organising committee will be staying Friday evening at the Premier Inn Newton Abbot and will meet for dinner at the adjacent Grandstand Beefeater restaurant.

Full joining instructions are now available here.

What delegates said particularly impressed them about the most recent Guild seminar at Chartham on July 15th 2017:
  • As ever, a very well organised event
  • Speakers all excellent
  • Location, venue, keeping to time and organisation
  • Excellent topics
  • Meeting other Guild members
  • Lunch superb
  • Friendliness and interesting presentations
  • All very smooth
  • Well organised throughout, excellent lunch
  • Quality of speakers good
  • Seminar organisation, food and catering


To book on this seminar, you can use our our online 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 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 booking form flyer, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted, with a cheque to:
Alan Moorhouse, [Seminar Bookings], 8 Strachans Close, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL5 3EB.

Bookings close on 29th October 2017. All bookings will be confirmed by email, with full joining instructions, on or shortly after this date.

Further information may be obtained by telephoning the Guild HelpDesk on 0800 011 2182, or by email to

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