Telling your Family Story in Column Inches - A One-hour Live Online Talk on 20 March

Come along and discover ways of writing your family stories in easy bites, without sending your disenchanted family to sleep! This talk is for you if you’re keen to write your family history. Suitable for absolutely all levels of family history experience. Diane Lindsay wants to inspire you to overcome your fears and put pen to paper.

Worried that you don’t know where to start, or perhaps you have too much to say? Diane has solutions.

Concerned that you don’t know enough to write? Diane reveals to you that you know more than you think.

Finding it hard to plan? Diane provides you with handy hacks to help you pick a theme, create a mind map, and – best of all – start remembering.

Thinking your writing skills aren’t up to it? Diane shows you how to overcome this self-doubt and write a family history to be treasured down the generations...

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Washday Blues: Charwomen and Washerwomen - A Live Online Talk on 11 March

The first thing women on the Mayflower did when they disembarked in America was the washing! Laundress and charwoman were the survival employments for any impoverished widow. Join Adele Emm for a social history of mangles, possers, dollies, washboards and flat irons.

In this talk, she tells us about: the Soap Tax and soap making; soapwort, bleach and starch - before Sunlight soap; Proctor & Gamble soap and candles; and Reckitt’s blue bags. We will then be taken on a journey from the impoverished laundress, to the middle-class servant with her copper, to stately homes and large laundries, all the way to the arrival of washhouses after the 1844 Act...

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