Tucked away on the BBC website is a story to warm the hearts of library lovers, historians and genealogists across the land concerning the decision taken by Somerset County Council to scrap their plan to close several of the county's libraries. Fact is, they have had their hand forced by the High Court, no less - and it looks like it will lead to a bit of a cash injection for the institutions, too. Wow! One would assume that a precedent has now been set...
The Parish Chest has issued its latest newsletter, which includes details of the release of many, many new genealogical products.
As this year sees the passing of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, I guess we'll be hearing rather a lot from the guy in the near future. Londoners can kick off with this offering from the Museum of London.
I had a look at Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News blog this morning, and realised that I'd fell behind a bit with the same! Claire has been busy catching up with various bits and pieces concerning Irish research - so I'd urge you to go there now and bring yourself up to speed on items such as ... oh, there's too much, so just take a look for yourself!
It seems that legendary blogger, Dick Eastman, is over the worst of his health scare.
And Pen & Sword Books have more offers up for grabs, here.
TV & radio guides for the next few days can be found here and here.
Another story out of Somerset, with the unearthing of an alleged 'Jack the Ripper' manuscript.
And if, like me, you're just getting into Twitter (or are thinking about it), then check out these two online articles on the same which I found most helpful:
Thanks to the many of you who have already decided to 'follow me' (see http://twitter.com/HistoryMick ) - which means that I shall have to at least try to entertain you as best I can with regular instalments!
OTHER BITS FROM TWITTER
In the meantime, I realise that many (most?) of you don't bother with Twitter, so the blog shall very much remain the main medium through which I work. And here are a few more little stories from the, er, Twittersphere, as I believe they call it...
- Footage from Ireland in 1962 (from @thejournal_ie);
- Canadian Emigration Papers release from FMPIreland (from @findmypastIE);
- 'What a clever girl' story from Ireland (from @the_irish_times);
- Online Palaeography lesson from TNA (from @familytreemaguk);
- History in schools discussed in House of Commons (from @HistoryExtra);
- History of Leinster House (from @findmypastIE).