Lanarkshire Family History Society will host a major Local and Family History Show this summer, as part of the “Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013” year of events. Taking place in Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre on Saturday 24th August, the Show will include a series of high profile talks, as well as participation from groups and organisations from throughout Scotland.
Children from David Livingstone Memorial Primary School will tell the story of the iconic missionary, whose birth two hundred years ago in Blantyre has inspired this year’s celebration of 200 years of Lanarkshire achievements; Dr Godfrey Evans will talk about the spectacular Hamilton Palace, home to Scotland’s premier peers, the Dukes of Hamilton; Lanark Councillor Ed Archer will explore “local hero” William Wallace’s connections with the county; a year before the Scottish Independence Referendum, Professor Richard Finlay will look back to the Union of the Parliaments in 1707; and bringing us right up to date, Alasdair MacDonald of the Scottish DNA Project will describe how science can help us connect with our forebears and take us back to our deepest ancestry.
Family History Societies from many parts of Scotland will be attending:
- Aberdeen and North East Scotland FHS
- Dumfries and Galloway FHS
- East Ayrshire FHS
- Fife FHS
- Glasgow and West of Scotland FHS
- Lanarkshire FHS
- Moray and Nairn FHS
- Renfrewshire FHS
- West Lothian FHS
The genealogy website FamilySearch.org will be present, alongside The Scottish Genealogy Society and the online family history forum RootsChat.com. Representatives from outstanding county attractions include the 18th century cotton mill village and World Heritage Site of New Lanark, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge and Kittochside Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.
Major heritage bodies, including the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments Scotland (RCAHMS) and Scran, the online media resource, will be taking part, as well as the Scottish Military Research Group, Scottish Monumental Inscriptions and the Guild of One-Name Studies. Local groups include Lanarkshire Yeomanry, Friends of Low Parks Museum, Lanarkshire Philatelic Society and Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary Club. Heritage and local history groups from Carluke, Coalburn, Croy, Gartosh, Motherwell, Monklands, Stonehouse and Shotts will also be present. North Lanarkshire Council will be represented by a number of its heritage and history interests, including Airdrie Discovery Room, local archives and libraries.
Children will be well catered for, with free activities including face painting, butter churning, hand-loom weaving and storytelling. Families will be able to dress up and have photographs taken in a photography studio setting, including as William “the Braveheart”, Wallace and Merida from the animated film Brave (additional charge). Food and refreshments will be available all day.
The event is being supported by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, David Livingstone 200 and Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013.
Chairman of Lanarkshire FHS, Bob Stewart, said, “This will be a great family day out for the serious historian, family researchers and children. The show will be one of the highlights of “Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013” year.
Entrance to the Show costs: £2 per adult, children under 12 free entry with an adult; talks in the Theatre are £3 each or £12 for all five – anyone buying a ticket for a talk will get free entry to the show.
Booking forms are available from Society members, at our Motherwell Research Centre, 122-124 Merry Street, Motherwell or online at http://lfhsfair2013.weebly.com. The Show website has up-to-the-minute information about organisations taking part, and travel information for getting to the venue.
Local and Family History Show 2013
Saturday 24th August 2013
10 am to 4.30 pm
Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre, Civic Centre, Motherwell ML1 1AB
(With thanks to Liz Irving)
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