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Family History Fair at BAWA this weekend

Posted on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 5:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a previous Family History Fair.

Attention all family history enthusiasts and those thinking about starting on their research! Put Saturday 28th September in your diary. The Bristol & Avon Family History Society will be holding its Family History Fair at the Bristol Aerospace Welfare Association (BAWA) Leisure Centre, Southmead Road, Filton.

Logo of Bristol & Avon Family History Society.

The day will be an opportunity for anyone who needs help or advice on family history matters to have face-to-face sessions with local experts and representatives of Bristol & Avon Family History Society and other societies including Devon, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset & Dorset, Weston-super-Mare & District, and Wiltshire. Over 30 exhibitors have signed up to attend.

Representatives from Bath and Bristol Archives will be on hand to give information and advice. A number of local history societies and museums will also be attending to allow visitors to gather more information on the work and living conditions that their ancestors may have experienced. New and second-hand books, postcards, maps, family history CDs, software and accessories will be available from a range of commercial exhibitors.

The Bristol & Avon society itself will be launching its new CD of transcriptions and indexes of Bristol Apprentices Books in the Bristol Archives covering the period 1532 to 1724.

There will be free introductory talks on ‘Starting your Family History Research’ and ‘Using the Internet’. These will be aimed at those who want to get started on researching their families. These will start at 10.30 am and attendees will be given free informative handouts, magazines and other useful research and recording tools.

There will also be a number of other talks during the day, the subjects including the suffragette movement and its effect in the Bristol / Bath area and Canadian research.

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Library exhibition shows local impact of WW2

Posted on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 9:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Brian Allinson with some of the residents who contributed stories.

The impact of the Second World War on South Gloucestershire is the focus of a touring exhibition which is being hosted by Bradley Stoke Library from Monday 1st April to Saturday 13th April.

Stories of residents who lived in the region during or in the aftermath of the conflict are told in the National Lottery funded project.

The project team carried out research with community museums and through reminiscence sessions in care homes to gather quotes and images for the exhibition, in order to bring to life the experiences of those living and working in the area during the war.

From sweet rations to shelters, air-raids to evacuees, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to learn more about how local people lived during this critical time in our history.

Speaking at the launch of the touring exhibition in January, Cllr Brian Allinson, vice-chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded funding by the National Lottery for our Second World War Stories project. This exhibition captures what life was really like during the war and we are pleased to be able to share these important and powerful stories before they are lost to living memory.”

In attendance at the exhibition launch was Irene from Downend, who remembers the day that Filton was bombed:

“My husband was a fire watch volunteer at Bristol Aeroplane Company. The night Filton got bombed I paced up and down with baby Peter in my arms, praying that my husband was alive. There was no way of knowing until he walked through the door.”

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