Family and Local History Sources in the Borough of Ealing - A One-hour Lecture on 2 May

The London Borough of Ealing, covering a large area in West London, was named Queen of Suburbs in 1902. During its history it has incorporated other boroughs, often those with an industrial character in contrast to Ealing's chiefly residential nature. In this talk, Dr Jonathon Oates surveys Ealing’s history and looks at the material held for local and family historians...

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Understanding a Birth Certificate, How Difficult Can It Be?- A One-hour Lecture on 25 April

We all take the simple birth certificate for granted, but there’s more to look at than most of us think. In this talk, Anthony Marr explains the hidden information appearing in plain sight on a certificate and how to fully decode this most basic of family history sources. Anthony also covers the often misunderstood additions of declarations, corrections and re-registrations...

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The History of Friern Barnet Hospital (formerly Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum) - A Lecture on 12 Apri

When it opened in 1851, the Second Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Asylum at Colney Hatch was the largest in Europe. It was founded on the principle of no restraint. Patients were encouraged to work in its workshops, in the bakery and brewery and on the farm which made it almost self-sufficient. It ended life as Friern Hospital and, with the controversial policy of ‘Care in the Community’, was closed in 1993. It has been converted into luxury apartments...

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