This coming Sunday, the 3rd May 2009, sees The Family History Event at the Barbican in London. I believe this is the first time this event has been held, and it certainly looks to be an interesting event.
The website looks rather unpolished compared to the big budget Who Do You Think You Are Live (WDYTYAL) earlier this year, but hopefully this will not be reflected in the event itself. There is an impressive line up of exhibitors, including a lot more genealogy societies (the website says over 80) than were at WDYTYAL (I am really looking forward to checking out some of these stands).
The family history societies seem to outnumber the commercial exhibitors, and hopefully this will give the family history societies chance to show just what they have to offer the genealogist, namely a much deeper understanding of the area covered and the needs of genealogists.
There is a series of lectures, in fact there are three separate strands catering for beginners, intermediate and advanced researchers. Also there is the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Society of Genealogists library, just around the corner from the Barbican. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the contents of their library, and one which I certainly hope to take up.
The Family History Event is organised by Fair Promotions Ltd and is sponsored by findmypast.com. The event is described as “a non profit making event organised by Family Historians for Family History Society members & anyone interested in their past”.
To find out more check the website, tickets are available on the door for just £10 and doors are open between 10am and 5pm. I will be spending several hours there, overdosing on family history and will let you know my impressions.