GIs honoured 71 years after leaving Bridport for D-Day


A GROUP of living historians were in Bridport at the weekend marking the 71st anniversary of the American troops leaving for the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

GIs honoured 71 years after leaving Bridport for D-Day
Tue, 19 May 2015 15:44:06 GMT

Dorset’s Treasure House – Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum and Library was founded on 15 October 1845 for the purpose of saving and protecting the natural history and archaeology of Dorset at a time when important historic sites such as Roman Poundbury and Maumbury Rings were threatened by industrial progress. Instrumental in its development were the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes and the vicar of Fordington, Reverend Henry Moule, whose son Henry Joseph Moule later became the museum’s first curator in 1883.

For the full article see Dorset’s Treasure House – Dorset County Museum

Ypres Victoria Cross man honoured


A commemorative paving stone is to be laid at the Ministry of Defence later to honour the first serviceman awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the air.

Ypres Victoria Cross man honoured
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:49:28 GMT

Royal Naval medals: an introduction

This podcast from the National Archives discusses the Royal Naval medal rolls held by The National Archives in record series ADM 171, and explains how to interpret the most commonly used codes and abbreviations found in them. It also demonstrates how the medal rolls can be used to locate other records relating to an individual’s Royal Naval service.

Somerset Voices: George and Edith Shore

George and Edith Shore were born in Devon in the 1890s. They moved from Devon to Butleigh with their employer in 1928, the couple had a cottage in the village. It took George two days to travel from Devon with the horses and wagon; he always preferred horses to tractors. Edith made bread every week in a brick oven; along with pies, pastries, and faggots. Washing was done on a Monday morning and Edith made butter on the farm.

Listen to George and Edith and read the transcript

‘Oldest’ human settlement found

Archaeologists working for the National Trust think they have found west Dorset’s oldest human settlement on Doghouse Hill on the Golden Cap estate.

Read the full story and watch the video on the BBC.

Revolutionary Roots

Did your ancestors fight in the American Revolution 233 years ago? Thousands of men answered the call to arms in 1776. These thousands probably have many millions of descendants today. Many Americans can find a Revolutionary War veteran in the family tree if they expend a bit of time and effort. Luckily, there are a number of online and offline sources to help you in that search.

Read the full article in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Massacre at Slapton Sands-the great Portland cover-up

Rodney Legg tells how wartime reminiscing enabled him to re-write the story of one of the most famous disasters of the Second World War and claim it for Dorset.

Read the full article in DorsetLife

Somerset Voices: Ron Sapsead (b.1919)

Ron attended the Board School, Street. As a child he played games in the street outside his home in Glaston Road, with hoops and skipping ropes. His school headmaster used a cane on the tips of the children’s fingers, and they had slates to write on. In this clip Ron describes a Sunday school outing to Burnham-on-Sea. With the advent of the railways in the 1840s and 1850s, the Somerset seaside resort became a popular destination for day-trippers.

Listen to Ron and read the transcript.

Researching the British Empire and Commonwealth

This podcast from the National Archives is an introduction, using case studies, to the records of British government departments responsible for the administration of colonial affairs from about 1801 to 1968.

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