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 For information about general local history-related events in Warwickshire and beyond.      

  • C4's Great Canal Journeys.  We have been contacted by the production team of the popular Channel 4 programme: Great Canal Journeys.  Their next programme will feature an episode that heads North up the Oxford Canal from Banbury, to Napton on the Hill, and over to Braunston.  They are looking into ideas for potential features, people and local stories they could cover along the way. If anyone has any stories to share please contact georgie.nicholson@spungoldtv.com.  They are planning on filming the episode between 29th April and 3rd May 2019.  

    World War 2 Oral Histories.  Click here to visit the fascinating website founded by broadcaster and historian, Dan Snow, and author and broadcaster, James Holland.  WarGen is a crowd-sourced online repository of oral-history from the people who lived through World War 2.  As well as containing varied stories from this fast disappearing generation, this group is now looking for individuals to join their volunteer team as interviewers in their local communities. They are also eager to hear from people who might have their own stories to tell. If you are interested in either becoming an interviewer or sharing your story, please contact Shane Greer at shane@wargen.org

  • Lanchester Archive. Frederick Lanchester is perhaps best known for designing and building the first all-British motor car in 1895 but he also published papers and books detailing the first scientific principles of flight, and theorised about the principles of colour photography before it was reality, and devised military strategies that underpin business management courses still taught today.  You can now visit the Lanchester Archive, based at Coventry University, and there are also opportunities to volunteer as a researcher, tour guide, community worker, etc. Click here to visit their website and find out more.

  • Polesworth Poetry Trail.  Ongoing work continues on this established poetry trail, which seeks to provide a way to explore Polesworth's history through contemporary, specially commissioned poems.  Click here for more information on the trail and Polesworth itself.

  • Warwickshire Roman Hoard. Warwickshire people now have the chance to help bring home a hoard of Roman coins discovered during an archaeological dig near Edgehill in 2015. Warwickshire Museum has four months to raise £62,000 to acquire the coins to display them at the Market Hall Museum in Warwick. £3,000 has to come from local funding. There is a fundraising evening on Friday 5th April at Market Hall Museum and people can find out more about the hoard at this event, too. To find out more, go to http://news.warwickshire.gov.uk/…/second-rare-roman-coin-h…/

  • 1970s Home Movies Wanted.  A TV company (www.onthecorner.tv) have contacted us asking for anyone with home movies of the 1970s to get in touch for a documentary they are producing about the 1970s.  They are particularly interested in 1970s footage of families, friends or individuals listening to music - or it looks like they could be listening to music (even if they're not actually). That might be at a birthday or street party; festivals  holidays; carnivals; people hanging out in groups; in the pub or bar; and in the home where there's a radio in shot; or even driving in the car.  Ideally the super8 or 16mm will be digitised. If you can help, please contact Natalie Fiennes, natalie@onthecorner.tv.

  • Southam Heritage Collection has a new exhibition: the History of Southam Fire Brigades, on until 21st May.  The research they undertook for last year's World War 1 exhibition can still be viewed at their archive.  Click here for more information.

  • George Eliot Bi-centenary: 2019 marks the bi-centenary of her birth. Find out about this great Warwickshire novelist and the events and other activities to celebrate 200 years since she was born here.  Go to our EVENTS PAGE for details of what WLHS is doing to commemorate her birth.

  • Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW) has just launched a new project called Warwickshire Bytes. The project has several strands - all digital.  HCW are inviting people to get involved with online indexing of documents held at the County Record Office, starting with court depositions from the 19th and early 20th century. No prior knowledge is necessary and full support is given.  Another aspect is Warwickshire in 100 objects and stories. HCW are asking people to contribute objects and stories to the Our Warwickshire website so they can create a People's History of the county. Click here for more information: 

  • Coombe Abbey: a History through Ten Centuries. A new book by Derek Winterbottom. ISBN13: 9780956754042. Alondra Books, £7.50; from bookshops or Coombe Abbey gift shop.    

  • Fillongley Village Hall celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. See WRCC web pages for further information.        

  • Have you forgotten yet? This is an impressive new book from the Bidford and District History Society on the stories of local survivors of Word War I. See here for review.  

  • Joseph Arch: the programme of events commemorating the life of Joseph Arch, the pioneer farm workers' leader, continues on 2nd June 2019 with a Commemorative Walk organised by Wellesbourne Parish Council and 1st Wellesbourne Scout Group.  For more information on Joseph Arch and these events click here.

  • Kenilworth Family History Society: plenty here for the local historian too. See Programme and Facebook Page

  • 'Living through the English Civil Wars': read here about this major  Civil War project led by Dr Maureen Harris.  

  • Newcomen Public Lectures on the History of Science and Technology -- monthly October to April (1st Wednesday) at 7 pm at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum.  Find details on website,  https://www.newcomen.com/calendar/ 

  • Prison History: a new database. See letter

  • Radway Exhibition on Battle of Edgehill: the destination for a Society outing in 2016, this award-winning local exhibition on the first battle of the English Civil War is open most days of the year. Please follow link for further details. 

  • 'Research Conversations' at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: These are held at the Shakespeare Centre in Henley Street (monthly, second Wednesday at 5 pm); they are free of charge and open to all. 13 February.  Find further details on Website

   The new book from Bidford

   and District HS -- See review