Seminar events Those Who Served Seminar Stock Village Hall, Common Road, Stock, Essex CM4 9NF 09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 23rd October 2021 ** Although the official closing date has passed we can still accept some late bookings for this seminar – please use the booking links below** Nearly every generation has known war. Whether press-ganged, patriotic or penniless, many of our ancestors served, at sea, on land or in the air. Our speakers will arm us with the knowledge to track ancestors from the Peninsular Wars, the Militia, Chelsea Pensioners, prisoners of war/internees, nautical women and to unearth Army, Navy and RAF records. The target is to improve our tactics and strengthen our campaign! Twitter #GuildMilitary Programme 09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee 10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – Jane Absolom 10:10 – 11:10 A Warring Weaver – Matthew Swalwell – Sue Swalwell (Swalwell ONS) and Marilyn Standfast (Military Tour Manager and Family Historian)* 11:10 – 11:15 Comfort Break 11:15 – 12:15 Service Records in the Ministry of Defence Main Archive – Paul Stevenson (Head of the MOD Records Office) 12:15- 13.15 Lunch Break 13:15 – 14:15 RAF Records for Family History – Peter Elliott (Curator Emeritus, RAF Museum)* 14:15- 14:20 Comfort Break 14:20 – 15:20 Tracing Prisoners of War and Internees in the First and Second World Wars – Sarah Paterson (Curator, First World War and early 20th Century, Imperial War Museums)* 15:20 – 15:40 Tea Break 15:40 – 16:40 Cross Dressing Nautical Women: Women Sailors and the Women of Sailortowns – Rosemary Caldicott (Lecturer and Author) 16:40 – 16:45 Close of Seminar More information on each speaker and their talk is available here. 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 £22.00 (including VAT). Stock is on the B1007 south of the A12 and 5.9 miles from Chelmsford or 3.5 miles north of Billericay; there is free parking on site. If travelling by train, there are 3 buses an hour from Billericay railway station or Chelmsford bus station to Stock – or please contact us for help in finding a lift from Billericay or Chelmsford station. A local map is available here. We are delighted, after the past 18 months, to be able to once again plan for an in person event. We have use of both halls at the venue; the main hall accommodates 120 which will afford us plenty of space for those who wish to continue to maintain some social distancing. Other COVID-19 arrangements will be put in place as appropriate. For those unable to get to Essex, or not yet comfortable with attending group meetings, we plan, subject to speaker agreement, to record most sessions* at this seminar; where we are not able to record a session we hope to be able to provide some information in an alternative format. 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 email@example.com. 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 Brentwood and will meet for dinner in the on-site Thyme Bar and Grill. Full joining instructions are available here. What delegates said about the in person seminar at Whitmore on 12th October 2019: Primary motivation for attending? Interest in the subjects, subject of talks Wider horizons and new ideas plus connections Meet other members and attend a local event Conviviality, meeting other Guild members To learn about a variety of source General interest, local Guild member Staffordshire ancestors Potteries industries of particular interest to my study, for my ancestors Staffordshire related topics, connected to my family history Extending and increasing knowledge I always enjoy them regardless of the topics What aspects of this seminar went particularly well? Presentations, good spread of topics A mix of short and long presentations Great mix of record resources as well as industry background Sources to locate names and people Archive material suggestions Wedgwood presentation and Doulton ladies Everything; Most of it! Organisation, timing Nice lunch Great venue What did you learn? The coverage of the Staffordshire Archives, volume and type of archival material available for research More about depth of local archives, reminder to regularly check their catalogues General information about industrial past, industrial history applies across regions and districts Some new sources to research Increased knowledge of Staffordshire Nothing specific but general information may be of use for the future Booking To book on this seminar, you can use 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 (from September 1st) 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. Booking officially closed on 10th October 2021 but (as long as the booking links work) we can still accept some late bookings. All online bookings made by bank transfer or PayPal will receive an automatic system generated email confirmation and bookings made by cheque will be acknowledged upon receipt. All bookings will then be confirmed by email, with full joining instructions, on or shortly after, the closing date; if you don’t then receive any of these emails 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ¹Please note, when booking on a seminar either by post or online, the Guild’s “Distance Selling” terms and conditions. Other events For details of other events organised by the Guild, go to the Events Calendar.