34th AGM and Family History Day
28th April 2012
The 34th AGM of the North West Kent Family History Society was held at the Sevenoaks Community Centre, Otford Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5DN, on Saturday 28th April 2012.
There was a variety of stalls and advisors for members and their guests to visit throughout the day including CAB Search (Family History Resources), second-hand bookstall, a display by Farningham & Eynsford Local History Society, also the Society bookstall and publications.
This was the programme for the day (some timings have been revised):
|9.30am||Registration and Coffee|
|10.00am||Welcome & notices etc.|
|10.15am||Talk by Dr Nick Barrett entitled 'The Media and Family History'.|
Nick is best known to most of us for his work on the BBC Who Do You Think You Are series and his appearances at the WDYTYA family history event at Olympia. Nick is a medieval historian who worked at the Public Record Office - now the National Archives and is now one of the country’s leading family history researchers. He is Editor-in-Chief of Your Family History Magazine and is the author of various books on house and family history. Currently he is president of the Federation of Family History Societies and a trustee on the board of the Society of Genealogists.
|11.30am||Comfort Break and Raffle|
|12.10pm||Annual General Meeting
This is a provisional report, to be amended & more photos added.
The formal AGM Minutes can be read by clicking here.
|2.20pm||Talk by Dr Ann Kneif entitled 'The Bevin Boys'.|
Dr Kneif has a PhD in History from the University of Kent where she became interested in the Bevin Boys and chose them as the subject of her thesis. The Bevin Boys were young men, sometimes chosen at random by simple lottery, who were sent to work in the coalmines during the Second World War in lieu of their National Service. Dr Kneif has subsequently researched other wartime occupations including Munitions Workers and Land Girls. She is a well known speaker throughout the South East and also lectures about stately houses and seaside towns in Kent.
|3.40pm||Talk by Michael Gandy entitled 'Seeing it through their Eyes - Social History Customs.|
Michael Gandy will be familiar to many of you as he is a frequent contributor to our Branch meetings and events. Michael’s talks are always informative and entertaining and we are pleased to welcome him back to our AGM this year to introduce us to social history customs and how these would have been viewed by our ancestors. Michael has a long association with the Society of Genealogists and is currently editor of the Genealogists’ Magazine, the journal of the Society of Genealogists. Michael has been researching his own family history for over forty years.