Family History Getaway: Victorian London Family & Social History - 5-9 September

Join us at the Society of Genealogists for a Family History Getaway Week. The Society is hosting this five-day programme in its Library in London. You can attend talks and workshops to find out how London Victorian families lived and how London’s social issues and local history affected their lives.Then, as part of the programme, explore the books, documents and records in our Library and Catalogue to further research on your family tree.Sixteen workshops and talks, help using our Library and lunch included in the cost.

Have you found the basic records that show where your family lived in London? Do you have an idea of the jobs they did? Perhaps you have even found the streets they lived in. But life in Victorian London was extraordinary. It was already a major world city. The wealth it produced and expended was incredible. The poverty and appalling living conditions in some areas was shocking. Your Victorian ancestors were also living in an era of rapidly developing science, transport, politics and industry. So what was it like to live in Victorian London? This Getaway Week focuses on Victorian London families: how they lived, the issues they faced, their daily lives in the context of the social and local history of London.

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Echoes of the Crimean War in London - A Guided Walk on 29 July

The Crimean War, which was also referred to as the War with Russia by contemporary commentators, took place during 1853-1856 between Russia and the Ottoman Empire and the British, French, and Piedmont-Sardinians. In this walk you will be introduced to a variety of connections with the conflict, some obvious and some not so, which can be found within a small area of Westminster extending from the boundary with the City of London via the Embankment to Waterloo Place. Some of the principal personalities involved in the war can be found in the National Portrait Gallery which can be visited independently either before or after the walk; a list indicating the location of the portraits will be provided.

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