Unconventional Lives Seminar Posted 2 November 2019 by Alan MoorhouseUnconventional Lives Seminar Littleton Millennium Hall, The Hall Way, Littleton, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6QL 09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 22nd February 2020 There have always been those who society would regards as leading unconventional lives, whether because of particular cultural beliefs or a person choice of lifestyle, which can make them difficult subject for research. In this seminar we have invited speakers who can provide advice and insights into Romany, fairground, theatrical, showmen and hawker ancestors. Twitter #GuildTravellers Programme 09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee 10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – Sue Swalwell 10:10 – 11:10 Was Your Ancestor a Gypsy?– Beverley Walker, Chair of the Romany and Traveller FHS 11:10 – 11:15 Comfort Break 11:15 – 12:15 The Fairground Calendar – Graham Downie, Chair of the Fairground Association of Great Britain 12:15- 13.15 Lunch Break 13:15 – 14:15 From Fine Fabrics to Fur and Feathers – Peter de Dulin, Dulin One-Name Study 14:15- 14:20 Comfort Break 14:20 – 15:20 Searching for Theatrical Ancestors – Professor Katharine Cockin, Department of Literature, Film and Theatrical Studies, Essex University 15:20 – 15:40 Tea Break 15:40 – 16:40 The Remarkable Crichton: my elusive fascinating controversial ancestor – Gillian Hunter 16:40 – 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 £22.00 (including VAT). Littleton is about 2.5 miles north of Winchester and served by bus route 68. Car access is via the B3420 from the A34 and there is free parking on site. Littleton Millennium Hall was a Millennium Commission project supported by funds from the National Lottery and opened in 1999. Winchester station is on the South Western main line from London Waterloo to Southampton Central., Bournemouth and Weymouth or to Portsmouth Harbour. A local map is available here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Winchester and will meet for dinner in the on-site Thyme Bar and Grill. Full joining instructions are now available here. What delegates said about the most recent Whitmore seminar 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 sptread 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 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 9th February 2020. 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 email@example.com. 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.