The Abbotsbury branch railway was a standard gauge line which ran in the west of the county of Dorset in England opening in 1885. Although great hopes of westward links and mineral traffic drove the original construction of the line, these failed to materialise and after a quiet existence carrying local passengers and agricultural produce, the line closed in 1952.
Genealogists reacted with anger on Friday after it emerged that a government website, which promised direct access to 250 million records of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales from 1837 to the present day, had been delayed indefinitely following the failure of a Whitehall computer project.
This podcast from the National Archives looks at the results and effectiveness of the British Special Operations Executive, or SEO, and the French Resistance in supporting the Second World War D-Day landings.
If you live in Dorset you can now vote on the design for a flag to represent the county and its people. Four finalists have been selected by a panel chaired by Graham Bartram, Chief Vexillologist from the Flag Institute.
From the National Archives Podcast Series, Director of the London Family History Centre Sharon Hitze, gives an indepth talk about the excellent facilities avaliable for family historians at the centre. The centre is one of more than a hundred in the British Isles run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.