The National Archives have today released the first of a series of videocasts entitled “War on Film” focusing on aspects of the Second World War.
The first videocast is Hope and Glory and is a short but useful introduction to life in London at the start of the war and during the Blitz. It features extracts and footage taken from The National Archives. It can be found on The National Archives website or on their YouTube channel.
Just when my mp3 player was starting to gather dust from the lack of genealogy podcasts, along comes the latest series of Tracing Your Roots on BBC Radio 4. The good news is that the show is available as a podcast from the BBC website (for a limited time).
This first episode is entitled Wartime Losses, and picks up on the Second World War anniversary theme. The programme synopsis gives brief details of the three case studies featured, all people trying to find out more about their fathers.
There is some really useful advice in this programme (links are provided in the synopsis) for people in a similar situation, trying to trace a parent who had been “lost” after or during the war. Two of the cases prove that there can be a happy ending, but it is still by no means an easy task, but there are now several organisations who may be able to help.
The latest podcast from The National Archives is a real gem. I listened to it on the bus coming home from Brighton this lunchtime. The podcast is called Forgeries in the archives, and covers a broad range of historical documents, and forgers and their motives, not just those cases that involved archives.
It was fascinating to hear about some of the characters involved, their motives and the methods involved in creating their forgeries and how they were eventually uncovered. It then goes to explain that new evidence has meant that some documents which were originally believed to be forgeries may not be after all.
It is unlikely that family historians will have to worry about forgeries (although there is one case mentioned involving a parish register) because as the speaker (David Thomas) points out it is mainly famous individuals like Shakespeare and Hitler that feature in forgeries, presumably because this is where the money and fame can found.
Sadly, despite what it say at the start of the podcast there is no further information on the website, but there is more information on the case involving The National Archives on their website, in the 2007 Freedom of Information disclosure log, including copies of the documents and police witness statements.
This morning on the bus to work (and sitting in the sun before work) I listened to an episode of the Free Audio London Walks podcast. The particular episode I listened to was entitled Soho – Sex, Chinatown, Theatreland and covered the area of London where my 3x great grandfather Thomas KINGHORN lived.
I was a little sceptical about listening to a guided walk without actually being there and walking the walk, but I shouldn’t have been. I really enjoyed the experience and would recommend anyone with London ancestors to check out the wide range of podcasts available and give them a listen.
I briefly visited the area a few months ago and got a flavour of the area but this podcast gave me a further insight into the history and character of the area, and some ideas for places to visit as well for when I return to Soho again.
It was great to hear about some of the streets where Thomas KINGHORN and some of his children lived, liked Meard Street, Broadwick Street (formerly Broad Street), Ganton Street (formerly Cross Street) and Golden Square.
It has inspired me to try and find out more about the area and make a return visit, although perhaps summertime with lots of tourists is not such a good time to be visiting. Having said that I guess I would be a tourist as well, a genealogical tourist.
If you have London ancestors then check out this series of podcasts for a taste of modern London life, with a touch of history thrown in.
I found time today to listen to the latest National Archives podcast today, and would recommend it to everyone. It is entitled The Great Escape: you’ve seen the film, now hear the truth, and I was captivated (no pun intended!) by the excellent presentation.
I have seen the film many times, so I have some idea of the general story, but the podcast gave me a lot more background on the prisoner of war camp and the German organisations involved, and highlighted a few of the inaccuracies in the film. It is clear that the speaker (Alan Bowgen) is a real expert on the subject and his presentation is excellent.
I wish I had been at the National Archives to see the presentation for myself because the few documents shown on the website do not do justice to what was obviously a well researched and heavily illustrated presentation.