Friday, 8 August 2014

Ancestry's forthcoming English archive tour with Tony Robinson

From Ancestry (


Sir Tony Robinson to host exclusive WWI family history events at archives around the country

Sir Tony Robinson to speak and meet guests at local record offices
Events will also feature talks from local representatives and family history experts
Free to attend but places are limited – register online from today

Actor, author and historian Sir Tony Robinson is touring the country for a series of exclusive family history events to mark the WWI centenary.

Hosted by and in association with The Keep (East Sussex), Essex Record Office, Liverpool Record Office and Tyne & Wear Archives, the evening events, taking place in August and September, will be held at the following locations:

· The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP
Tuesday 26 August, 6pm – 9pm

· Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8EW
Thursday 4 September, 6pm – 9pm

· Essex Record Office, Wharf Rd, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT
Monday 22 September, 6pm – 9pm

· Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA
Wednesday 24 September, 6pm – 9pm

At each event, Sir Tony will discuss the importance of discovering WWI ancestors and talk about his experience learning of his own family links to the Great War. He will also be taking part in an extended Q&A session following his speech, when guests can quiz the TV star.

In addition, each evening will feature a talk from a representative from the archive and an spokesperson, who will explain how to get started with family history, including how best to make use of more than 20 million WWI records on

For more information and to register to attend, visit the blog at Guest list spaces at the event are free but limited, and successful applicants will be selected at random and notified by email.

Sir Tony Robinson comments: “With the centenary taking place this year now is the perfect time to discover more about our WWI ancestors and ensure their stories are never forgotten.”

Miriam Silverman, Senior Content manager from comments: “After the success of last year’s ‘Ancestry Archive Tour’, where Tony and the team visited archives across the country from Cornwall and Dorset to Norfolk and Manchester, we’re delighted to be able to host a further tour in this centenary year.

“The areas we are visiting have rich and varied histories not least in terms of the amount of young men who answered the nation’s call and went off to fight in WWI, with many of them never coming home. At these events, we’re hoping to inspire people to uncover or learn more about the war heroes in their own family trees and preserve these stories for generations to come.”

(With thanks to Bryony Partridge)


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