Family and Social History

Group Leader Telephone Venue Frequency Day Time
Clare Franklin
0115 937 3790Methodist HallMonthly
3rd Monday

About the Group

The Family and Social History group meets on the third Monday in the month at 2pm in the Methodist Church Hall.   Our numbers vary from 25 to 10 members, but as our topics stand alone, folks can dip in and dip out of our sessions (grandparent duties and hospital appointments permitting!). 

We started 2016 with Illegitimacy, Marriage and Legalities, attitudes to which have changed greatly over the years. We also heard some more Foundling Stories based on information from the Foundling Museum in London. 

Round the Table sessions always prove popular, where we all contribute to the same topic and we have enjoyed 4 such sessions this year:

A House that I Remember ( from 2 up, 2 down houses to mansions)

An Ancestor that is not Mine (Not my Relly!) (we researched folks with a name from our families, some of whom were famous!)

Show and Tell (Members brought in the most amazing artefacts to relate their story)

Stories of a familiar Town or Village (this took us all over the world). 

Two members gave informative presentations on the local villages of Wysall and Keyworth: we enjoyed seeing old photographs and hearing about the stories which went with them.  We finished for the Summer on a very topical note: Refugees a topic very ably researched by one of the group, which gave us a fascinating history of peoples who had come to our shores over the years. 

Topics for the rest of the year are: in September, Weddings from the Past, in October we will have a catch up session and a How to solve research problems.   We have another Round the Table topic for November: The Weekend, (dancing, cinema, sport, church etc).   We don't meet in December, as our scheduled date is too near to Christmas. 

Come along and join us! My email address has changed:

Clare Franklin
August 2016

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