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Uncovering Hidden Histories at Chester
An interesting range of events being held during May and June. 
Led by the University of Chester Dept of History & Archaeology in collaboration with Cheshire Archives and Cheshire Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre
The plan is to uncover little-known elements of Cheshireโ€™s history, whether marginalised voices, under-represented histories, or challenging existing ideas via three 'Strands'
Strand One: Discovering and Remembering Stories of Migration and Refuge
Strand Two: Uncovering Hidden Histories at Chester: Walking Tours
Strand Three: Uncovering Hidden Histories at Chester: Online Talks
Link to learn more and details on how to register or book your place - all events are fee to attend but you do need to book
The Society of Genealogists Advice Line is back
The telephone Genealogy advice line returned on 14 April and will be open every Thursday evening from 6โ€“9 pm.
This service is open to all SoG members and anyone wondering how the SoG might help.
Their wonderful volunteers will be at the end of the line ready to assist you and offer guidance on your research queries.
No question is too big or too small.
If there is something youโ€™re stuck on or would just like another opinion on, please pick up the phone and see if the volunteers can help.
Starting 14 April, available every Thursday 6-9 pm. Call (020) 7251 8799 and press option 5 (Advice line).
For more information click on following link๐Ÿ‘‰
Sandbach Transport Festival
๐–๐ก๐จ'๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ž๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐›๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐’๐š๐ง๐๐›๐š๐œ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž?! 
โ–ช๏ธ Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th from 10am
โ—๏ธFREE ENTRYโ—๏ธ
Bring the whole family down for a day of entertainment and get involved with the local heritage.
Browse a vast array of classic cars, bikes and trucks, not to mention the amazing Spitfireโ€ฆ.
As well as;
โ–ช๏ธ Childrenโ€™s activities
โ–ช๏ธ Live music
โ–ช๏ธ Food and drink
โ–ช๏ธ Local traders
โ€ฆand more!
The Railway Review
 ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚   Great news for Railway enthusiasts  ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚
Warwick Modern Records Centre digitisation of ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ continues full steam ahead [I know but.... it had to be done!] 
This 'weekly newspaper for railwaymen' was produced by the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants and its successor the National Union of Railwaymen
All First World War editions of the NUR journal (1914-1918) are now online and contain a good mix of railway-specific items and broader social history
The issues are free to search and download and have original images as well as a text transcript
Nominate your favourite archive for an ARA Excellence Award

Members of the public can nominate archive services and professionals for recognition in three categories


The Archives and Records Association (ARA) is asking members of the public to nominate their favourite record-keeping service or record keeper for recognition in the ARA Excellence Awards.

The Awards are returning in 2022 after a two-year break during the covid pandemic.

For more deatils click on the following link ๐Ÿ‘‰

Youth Conference - Young Genealogists at the Helm

Online conference on May 7th from Society of Genealogists and Family Hitory Federation

All welcome to come and listen to some fabulous young researchers


Cost just ยฃ1.50 and place must be pre-booked - details below - or download the PDG from the Public Docs area of the website - 

Link ๐Ÿ‘‰




Free Online Talks

A number of interesting free to attend online talks from various institutions - 


๐„๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฌ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐†๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
Thu, 21 April 2022: 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
Link for more information and to register 


๐‡๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐–๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ & ๐‡๐š๐œ๐ค๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ: ๐€ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ž๐ฑ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐š๐ฅ๐ž
National Archives
Fri, 22 Apr 2022, 14:00 BST
Link for more information and to register [donation welcome]
๐€ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐‰๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‰๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
Tue, 26 April 2022: 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
Link for more information and to register
๐ˆ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‰๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐š: ๐‘๐š๐œ๐ž, ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ฌ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง
National Archives
Wed, 27 Apr 2022, 19:30 BST
Link for more information and to register [donation welcome]
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐Œ๐š๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐†๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐‘๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ
 Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
Thu, 28 April 2022: 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
Link for more information and to register
Staffordshire History Day

Staffordshire History Day

Free Online Event via Zoom

7th May 2022 

10am - 3:30pm 


As many FHSC members also have an interest in neighbouring Staffordshire this event may be of intereest 


The Staffordshire History Day is an annual event which brings together historians, researchers, local history societies and members of the public, together with their partners at Keele University and Birmingham University, to explore and discover the stories of the people and places of Staffordshire.

After a two year break Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service are hosting the History Day online for the first time.

You are invited to join via Zoom to celebrate our history and the new Staffordshire History Centre project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.



10.00 Welcome and celebration of the Staffordshire History Centre Project - Joanna Terry, Head of Archives and Heritage

10.30 Research Paper: To put all to hazard: Motivations of Gentry Participants at the Battle of Blore Heath - Mark Hinsley, Keele University

10.45 Research Paper: A Moral Weapon: Recreational Reform and Wednesbury Town Hall Organ - Mie Berg, Midlands History Centre, Birmingham University

11.00 Questions

11.15 Break

11.30 Keynote: Forging Ahead โ€“ Dr Malcolm Dick in Conversation with Dr Simon Briercliffe

12.15 Victoria County History News - Dr Andrew Sargent, Keele University

12:30 County Archaeology News - Shane Kelleher MCIfA, County Archaeologist

12:45 Lunch

13.45 Welcome back - Joanna Terry, Head of Archives and Heritage

13.50 Keynote: A Case for the Ordinary: Staffordshire Asylums and the patient experience - Lucy Smith, PhD Researcher, Keele University

14.30 Keynote: Staffordshire Enamels: People, Place and Production - Dr John Grayson, Staffordshire University

15.15 Plenary

15.30 Close


Link to register and book your place -

First Tranche of Military Service Records added to The National Archivesโ€™ Catalogue

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers records are now listed on The National Archivesโ€™ catalogue and available to order


All British military service records after 1920 were previously held by the MOD in Glasgow.

Records of deceased servicemen and women can be ordered by their next of kin for a ยฃ30 fee.

The records are those in series WO 420 and relate to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) regiment.

The records added are of service personnel born more than 115 years ago so only servicemen born before 1917 are included, with more being added over the coming days, with relevant restrictions to protect individualsโ€™ privacy.

To access service records for REME servicemen born later, you need to contact the Access Service Team at  who will check whether the record includes sensitive medical information. For those born less than 100 years ago, you may be asked to provide a death certificate.

You can now access the records by searching for โ€˜WO 420โ€™ in Discovery, TNAโ€™s online catalogue, and browsing the record listings, which include each manโ€™s name, date of birth and service number.

The actual service records are not available online.

To access a record, you must click โ€˜Detailsโ€™ by the manโ€™s name and follow the instructions to order a record to view at TNAโ€™s buildings in London.

It is also possible to order a paper copy of a record using TNAโ€™s record ordering service.

The record will take four working days to prepare.

With thanks to the WDYTYA magazine online for updated information 

Free Workshop at Nantwich Museum
Looking for something to with the children/grandchildren over the Easter break - or even just you! 
On Wed 6 April there will be a FREE drop-in Family Easter Workshop at the Museum, inspired by the Civil War - with the opportunity to handle weaponry and try on clothing.
Children will also be able to make their own badges, banners and pictures.
A Civil War expert will be on hand to answer questions.
The workshop will run between 11.00 am - 3.00 pm.
All children must the accompanied by an adult.
For more information please contact the Museum on 01270 627104.