Thursday 20 January 2011

Social History? Make Your Mark!


The BBC is currently looking for people with stories, photos, diaries or memories of the 20th century that they would like to share for a brand new series called The Reel History Of Britain.  Using existing film collections, the programme will focus on different aspects of British life over the last century, and trace the descendents of those featured in the films.  If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch with the team - see here.  Sounds like a neat new angle on the TV family history craze.

The build up to the 'biggie' - the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! 2011 fair - continues with the Society of Genealogists letting fly with a hefty press release, here.  Worth a look if you plan to go to the London extravaganza during 25th-27th February.  Official website here.

FindMyPast have released a lengthy statement, too (here), where they remind us what's gone in 2010, and what's to come in 2011 on their website.  The Scots are getting pretty excited about what's in store for them - especially the proposed addition of the Census Returns for Scotland for 1841-1901.


An interesting piece has popped up on the BBC website about the planned excavation of 'George', the unused fourth escape tunnel at the Stalag Luft III PoW camp in Poland (of The Great Escape fame).  You all remember the names of the other three tunnels don't you?  Yes, 'Tom', 'Dick' and 'Harry', of course!


Death of...
King George V, on 20th January 1936.

20th January 1961 - yes, it's 50 years since the inauguration ceremony of John F Kennedy, and that famous speech of his, you know: Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country, etc....

Bad day for the Severn Bore in 1607, as the tidal surge claimed the lives of around 2,000 folk.

1921 saw the sinking of the K5 British submarine en route to a training session in the Bay of Biscay.  All 57 hands were lost.

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