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Nov 172017

Accidents Will Happen Seminar

Abberley Village Hall, Clows Top Road, Abberley, Worcestershire WR6 6AZ

09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 24th February 2018

Accident records and reports are a good source for discovering names and background material for a person in your one-name study. We have gathered some specialists around this field to talk about various useful sources.

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09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – Jackie Depelle
10:10 – 11:05 Health, Safety and Welfare in the early 20th Century Work Place – Helen Ford, Modern Records Centre,  University of Warwick
11:05 – 11:15 Comfort Break
11:15 – 12:10 Shipwrecked!  Ancestors Lost at Sea – Dr Simon Willis
12:10- 13.10 Lunch Break
13:10 – 14.05 Coroner’s Records – Dr Kathleen Chater
14:05 – 14:15 Comfort Break
14:15 – 15:10 Railway Work, Life and Death: a new resource for family historians – Dr Mike Esbester, University of Portsmouth and National Railway Museum
15:10 – 15:35 Tea Break
15:35 – 16:30 How DNA ruined my family tree – Dr Geoff Swinfield
16.30 – 16.35 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.

Abberley is 12 miles north-west of Worcester and easily reached from M5 junction 5 (13.8 miles) or junction 6 (14.2 miles).  If you will be travelling by train there are two stations in Worcester, Shrub Hill and Foregate Street; there are direct trains to Shrub Hill from London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads, Reading, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street, with additional services involving a change at Cheltenham Spa or Droitwich Spa.  Please contact us for help in finding a lift from Worcester Shrub Hill (only) station; for those staying at the Premier Inn Worcester M5 there is a bus every 30 minutes from Shrub Hill to the hotel (please see the accommodation listing and additional travel guidance for further details).

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 night at the Premier Inn Worcester M5 j6 and will meet for dinner at the adjacent Three Pears Beefeater restaurant.

Full joining instructions are available here.

What delegates said particularly impressed them about the most recent Guild seminar at Teignmouth on November 11th 2017:
  • Very interesting location; great venue, easy to find and easy registration
  • Linking subjects
  • The content of the presentations was excellent and very relevant
  • The depth of knowledge and quality of the excellent speakers;superb
  • All speakers clear and informed on their subjects
  • Meeting other Guild members
  • Very professionally organised, good AV
  • Good to have a seminar that isn’t in the Midlands
  • Regional focus interesting and much appreciated 
  • Everything!


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 11th February 2018  **we still have some places available so have extended the closing date to February 17th**.  All bookings will be confirmed by email, with full joining instructions, on or shortly after this date; if you don’t then receive that email please email to check that your booking has been received.

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

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

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