Friday, January 17, 2014

Short Newsletter Items (Mid January 2014)


The next Herts Family History Society meeting is at Woolmer Green on 25th January. Jon Mein will be talking on Military Tribunals in Hertfordshire (appeals of men against conscription 1916–1918).

The National Archives are planning for the increased interest in the First World War with both online and "at Kew" activity. They have set up a special entry page to keep everyone informed.

Photo:George St, St Albans c.1910
St Albans
The SAHAAS is putting on an exhibition "St Albans c 1900: A Pictorial Showcase" in the North Trancept of St Albans abbey on 25th and 26th January.
 "Digital images of the photographs of E. Stanley Kent are to be shown alongside sketches drawn by Holmes Winter, an artist who knew the illustrator F.G. Kitton. Both were capturing scenes in St Albans around 1900, a time marked by significant increases both in population and commerce. Stanley Kent shows St Albans through the eyes of a photographer noting existing and newly-built buildings whilst Holmes Winter’s sketches are drawn of what he believed to be the “last of old St Albans”.

For those of you who like attending big exhibitions and collecting a bag full of leaflets you will "read sometime" don't forget Who do you think you are? is on 20th-22nd February.

Ian Pettigrew, of Tring,  has produced an interesting online research document "The Train now departing ... Notes and extracts on the history of the London to Birmingham Railway." Printed copies are available in the Tring Local History Museum.

I have just had a query about "Lays of the Hertfordshire Hunt and other Sporting Verses" by George Robins and I have discovered it is now available online. (Online copies of old books relevant to this site are appearing on the web at frequent intervals, and I do not have time to track them all down.  If you come across one please let me know as I can publicize it and help everyone who is interested.

I was very interested to see that one of the volumes of the 1840s Children's Employment Commission is available online. While it does not include any information on Hertfordshire it makes interesting reading - with interviews of children employed in the sweat shops of the early industrial revolution. The following is one of the interviews.

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