Today was the first day of Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 and although it was tiring, I picked up some useful information, was entertained and it was extremely rewarding.
As you can see it was pretty busy, but not too crowded (it was a Friday after all). There appeared to be more space, but I am not sure if that is down to fewer people or fewer stands.
One noticeable absence was The National Archives, probably not surprising considering the cut in services they have already suffered in the name of financial cost-cutting.
The talks I attended were quite diverse, first an interview with celebrity Rory Bremner, then Ian Waller talking about 20th-century research. Michael Gandy’s talk on breaking through brick walls was inspirational and Celia Heritage on interpreting churches and gravestones has opened my eyes to some of the features in parish churches, which I would otherwise pass by in my rush to get at the monumental inscriptions.
The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering the stands, see what was on offer and trying to work out how I can benefit from them when I return tomorrow.
Tomorrow should be a lot busier, I only hope the crowds are not too bad. For a simple country boy used to wandering alone in the countryside, so many people can be a bit overwhelming. Plus it was a bit too warm in the hall for my liking.
Over the next week I shall try and write in a bit more detail about the talks and stands, and what I learnt from my visit. Now I must go to bed, it is going to be another long day tomorrow!