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Family History Society


Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

On 31 August 1844, an advertisement in the Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser announced that, during the following week at the Bowling Green, Warwick “Master Augustus Gyngell, only eight years of age, the child with the iron nerve, will make his daring and astonishing flight across the Green, from an immense altitude, surrounded with fireworks, as the Spirit Ariel, travelling at the rate of 200 miles an hour” We’ve not found a report which might have verified the height or the speed of...

Family History in Focus

I’m not sure where to start in summarizing yesterday's brilliant talks about early photography and family history, held at our Family History Centre in Sherborne - there were so many fascinating facts and wonderful images that any summary is bound not to be fully representative All of the three speakers gave well-thought-out and wonderfully illustrated presentations and they were all fluent, interesting and entertaining - it isn’t often that you can say that about a multi-speaker...

Somerset in Historic Photographs

The SDFHS Chairman, Ann-Marie Wilkinson, summarises a fascinating new photographic exhibition at the Museum of Somerset On Friday evening (16 May), Steve (right) and I along with Patrick Williams (a previous Chairman of the Society) and his wife Joan went to the Museum of Somerset to a preview of their new exhibition In the Frame – Somerset in Historic Photographs The exhibition displayed many photographs from Somerset, the earliest being a picture of workman renovating Mells Church in the...

Member and Guest Blogs Welcome

We welcome guest and member blog posts on any topic with a family history connection and invite you to send your contributions, which should include photo/photos, to the editor Barbara Elsmore