Tracing railway ancestors

The National Archives holds a vast collection of railway related material, a legacy passed down by hundreds of railway companies which operated in all corners of the UK from 1825 to 1947. Much of this material provides opportunities for local and family historians to discover something new about the history of their ancestors and the areas in which they lived. This talk provides an overview of the railway records held here at Kew, and explores the different sources for tracing railway workers amongst these records.

Chris Heather is currently the Transport Records Specialist in the Advice and Records Knowledge department at The National Archives. He has a particular interest in railway records and family history. Previously he specialised in records of criminals and transportation to Australia.

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The day Leigh Arch came down

FORTY years ago this month, a Wimborne landmark disappeared – to the approval of many of the town.

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From hot metal to digital: the Echo’s Andy Goodall looks back at his life in publishing

A LOT has changed since I first shook hands with one of the proprietors of Southern Newspapers during my first year at Richmond Hill – more than 33 years ago.

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‘A delightful part of Old England and a modern bustling town’ – Dorchester in 1934 remembered

By Catherine Bolado

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Remembering Bournemouth’s Victoria Cross hero Cecil Noble

A WAR hero from Bournemouth who bravely sacrificed himself to save his comrades has been recognised with a special commemorative stone.

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GALLERY: Castlepoint before it was Castlepoint – do you remember the Hampshire Centre?

THESE photographs show the day shopping in Bournemouth changed dramatically.

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Looking back at the last ships to leave Weymouth Port

FOLLOWING on from the longest and largest vessel ever to enter Weymouth port, we can now reveal the last vessel to discharge from outside the Royal Dorset Yacht Club.

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The Poole engineering giant that owes its origins to the Mexican revolution: looking back on 100 years of Hamworthy Engineering

FOR generations, there was barely a family in Poole that did not have some connection with the Hamworthy group of companies.

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Big Ideas: ‘An heroic, slow-motion cataloguing of life’: ethics and digitisation

A culture shift is taking place in the Wellcome Library’s Special Collections team. Driven by a growing realisation that past acquisition policies have left patient perspectives on health and well-being woefully under-represented, they have started to re-evaluate what kinds of material may constitute an ‘archive’. Focusing on an exciting, non-traditional ‘archive’ acquired earlier this year, Helen Wakely reflects on the issues and opportunities that such challenging collections present to the Library.

Helen Wakely is Archive Project Manager at the Wellcome Library. She has responsibility for sensitivity assessment and access issues in the library’s Special Collections, and takes a special interest in promoting public engagement with its archive collections, particularly in the area of food history.

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