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"Crewe Do You Think You Are"
On August 9th volunteers from our Crewe Family History Unit [FHU] will be at Crewe Library, together with Cheshire Archives and Crewe Library staff - there will be a drop-in from 11am-3pm.
You can find out how to research your family tree, house history, and your local area. 
Pop in and have a chat, the FHU will also be open and staffed so if you want to pop across and have a more detailed look at what we hold then you are welcome 
Railway Work, Life & Death Project's Q&A

Notice from the Railway, Work, Life & Death Project 


The Railway Work, Life & Death project (RWLD) is proud to announce the recent update to its FREE open access online database with the addition of a further c.16,000 new cases of railway worker accidents. This recent extension of the project adds numerous opportunities for research by family historians and genealogists, academic researchers and students, heritage groups and societies, local historians and more!

This FREE online event is designed to help you understand what is included within the database and in its new case materials. The RWLD project's co-lead Dr Mike Esbester will host this Q&A - discussing opportunities or interests you might have and how the RWLD database may be insightful to your research and help with any queries you may have.

There are two sessions being run:

  • Wednesday 27 July, Lunchtime12.30pm
  • Thursday 28 July, evening 7.30pm

Tickets are free and can be ordered up to 10 minutes before each of the events. These are held online only and over video call via ZOOM.

Link to register  ๐Ÿ‘‰

We would be really grateful if you could also complete the following short form (c.5 min) so we can gauge participants previous interaction with the project and database:

RWLD New Data - What will you discover?

About the RWLD project:

the RWLD project is an collaboration between the University of Portsmouth, the National Railway Museum and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. The project also works with other institutions including The National Archives of the UK.

Weโ€™re making it easier to find out about railway worker accidents in Britain and Ireland from the late 1880s to 1939. Weโ€™re providing data about who was involved, what they were doing on the railways, what happened to them and why. Although today most people donโ€™t realise it, working on the railways 100 years ago was incredibly dangerous, with hundreds killed and tens of thousands injured each year.

For more information about the project and to access the FREE database please visit: https:/

For any further questions or to contact us please email:

Find us on Twitter: @RWLDproject

Find us on Facebook:

BBC Reminiscence Archive

The BBC Reminiscence Archive [RemArc] is an online archive of BBC video clips, audio clips and images which provides access to a selection of content from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence work with people with dementia,their carers and families. 

The pictures and clips are organised in to Theme, such as family,childhood, sport; and Decade, ranging from the 1930s to the 2000s.


This archive of clips will also be of interest to both family and social historians 

Link ๐Ÿ‘‰



The also BBC have a great film archive and members may be interested in the Rewind service which contains over 31,000 newclips, which are searchable by keyword 

Link ๐Ÿ‘‰



Railway Work, Life and Death Project, new data release

The 'Railway Work, Life & Death' project - of which I have reminded members of on many an occasion has been busy expanding it's database of British & Irish railway worker accidents, covering the later 19th & early 20th centuries


Currently thee are over 23,000 cases, with more to come. Check out the latest blog, 
Names still spoken, for more details

Link ๐Ÿ‘‰

Cavers find pristine mineshaft frozen in time for 200 years

Experts describe cobalt mine at Alderley Edge as โ€˜time capsuleโ€™ thanks to lack of oxygen


A pristine 200-year-old mineshaft that had been undisturbed since it was abandoned by miners during the Napoleonic wars has been discovered by cavers in Cheshire, revealing an almost unique โ€œtime capsuleโ€ of their underground life. 


Read the full story in this article from the Guardian ๐Ÿ‘‰



๐Ÿ“ท Ed Coghlan and Jamie Lund, right, inspect one of the timber props installed by the miners. Photograph: Paul Harris/National Trust Images c/o Guardian online website 

Walk round Warburton with Mike Nevell 1.00 pm Sunday 31 July 2022. A chance to tour the late medieval and post-medieval landscape of the historic village of Warburton. Hear about 30 years of archaeological research on the village's historic timber-framed church, open fields, deer park, cross, and vernacular buildings. This is part of the CBA Festival of Archaeology Meet at 1pm by the lychgate to St Werburghโ€™s Church on Wigsey Lane, WA13 9SS
We also have a programme for the rest of the year which is below -

Morris Garratt Memorial Lecture (Zoom) Thursday 8 September  7.00pm Alan Crosby  will speak on - 

The darkest of times? Life and death in the Manchester area in the mid-1790s
In Lancashire and north Cheshire the mid-1790s were long-remembered as a time of darkness and despair. The war with France was raging, there were desperate shortages of food, price inflation was out of control, civil and social unrest was endemic, political agitation spilled over into violence, and the authorities resorted to draconian measures in order to try to control what they feared was an ungovernable populace. This talk focuses especially on the year 1795, looking at such events as the shootings in Rochdale market place that August, and using contemporary sources to explore what life was like in the region during those troubled and frightening times.
Walk Round Park Bridge, Ashton-Lyne  with Mike Nevell at 2.00 pm Sunday 11 September 2022 looking at the former industrial hamlet. Now a picturesque village in the Medlock Valley it was once home to the busy ironworks of Hannah Lees and Co and served by a canal and railway. It is said that rivets made there were used in the building of the Eiffel Tower. The walk is part of the Heritage Open Days events and is in conjunction with Tameside Local History Forum. Meet at the Heritage Centre car park (OL6 8AQ).
Castles conference 15 October at Chesterโ€™s Grosvenor Museum. A full dayโ€™s programme of speakers on castles in the North West is being arranged - details to follow.
Zoom lecture  Wednesday 2 November at 2.00pm 
'"She seems to have lost the power of looking after her husband and family and her home": family poverty and the welfare state in Cheshire, 1945-74'.
Michael Lambert of the University of Birmingham will use this quote, taken from a social work report on a mother from Sale in the 1950s, as a route into exploring the topic of family poverty in Cheshire. 
Zoom lecture Wednesday 7 December at 2.00pm
Old photographs of Manchester and the Wirral

Dr Ian Mitchell, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, Centre for Historical Research, will speak on his grandfatherโ€™s photographs of Manchester and the Wirral taken in the 1890s and 1900s. Ian inherited 7 albums of photographs by this keen amateur photographer. 

Please let me know if you would like to book a place on any of the talks - you can just turn up for the walks.. Contact Alice Lock:  and quote where you heard about these events

Official shortlist announced to choose home of Great British Railways

Today [5th july 2022] the shortlist of the most suitable potential locations for the national headquarters of Great British Railways was announced, which will go forward to a consultative public vote to be held online and by post.

The confirmed list of shortlisted towns and cities is:

  • Birmingham
  • Crewe
  • Derby
  • Doncaster
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • York

Here in Cheshire I hope we will all be getting behind Crewe. 

The public vote is now open, this is consultative and will be used to test public support for each shortlisted location, allowing the people that the railway serves the chance to have their say.

Link -


link to Crewe's Expression of Interest document -

Free Online Events for July
๐Ÿ“ฃDiary Note Klaxon ๐Ÿ“ฃ 
My usual list of free online events from various organisations for the month: 
You may be interested in the event on July 13th:
'๐“๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ฌ๐ญ: ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ฏ๐š๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐’๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ฒโ€™๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก, ๐๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐œ๐ก'
4 July 2022: 17:30PM - 18:30 BST
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐‡๐ข๐ ๐ก ๐Œ๐จ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐š
by Institute of Historical Research
Tue, 5 July 2022: 19:30 โ€“ 20:45 BST
๐ƒ๐ข๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐, ๐๐ข๐ ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ - ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ
by Glamorgan Family History Society
Wed, 6 July 2022: 17:30 โ€“ 19:00 BST
๐€ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‡๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐‘๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ
by Royal College of Nursing Library & Archives
6 July 2022: 17:30PM - 19:00 BST
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐–๐š๐ซ ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ž-๐…๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ญ
by Institute of Historical Research
6 July 2022, 18:00PM - 20:00 BST
๐“๐ซ๐š๐๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง - ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐…๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž
by Institute of Historical Research
7 Jul 2022: 18:00 -19.00 BST
๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ: ๐€ ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐Ÿ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ
by UK Parliament
7 July 2022, 17:30PM - 19:00 BST
๐‚๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฌ, ๐ˆ๐œ๐ž ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐–๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐œ๐ฒ: ๐†๐ฅ๐จ๐›๐š๐ฅ ๐…๐จ๐จ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐‹๐จ๐ง๐๐จ๐ง ๐‡๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’
by Institute of Historical Research
Sat, 9 July 2022: 14:00 โ€“ 15:30 BST
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐•๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐š ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง
by Oldham and District Branch of MLFHS
Wed, 13 July 2022: 17:00 โ€“ 18:00 BST
๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ & ๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐’๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ
by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
Wed, July 13, 2022: 7:00 PM โ€“ 8:00 PM BST
'๐“๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ฌ๐ญ: ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ฏ๐š๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐’๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ฒโ€™๐ฌ ๐‚๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก, ๐๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐œ๐ก'
by The Society for Church Archaeology
Thu, 14 July 2022: 14:00 โ€“ 16:00 BST
โ€˜๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐‡๐„: ๐š ๐†๐ฎ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐€๐œ๐š๐๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐šโ€™
by The Royal Historical Society
18 July 2022, 18:00PM - 19:30 BST
๐‰๐จ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ง๐š ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐š (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ•-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ–) โ€“ ๐€๐ง ๐€๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐€๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐“๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐ฎ๐ฌ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ฒ
by Institute of Historical Research
Thu, 21 July 2022: 18:00 โ€“ 19:00 BST [donation suggested]
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ (๐๐€๐’ ๐‚๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ซ๐ฎ)
by National Museum Wales
Thu, 21 July 2022: 19:00 โ€“ 20:00 BST
๐‚๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ญ: ๐’๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ
by Glamorgan Family History Society
Tue, 26 July 2022: 18:00 โ€“ 19:00 BST [donation suggested]
๐๐ž๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ @ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฎ๐ฆ
by National Museum Wales