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We try to have a stall at a few family history fairs each year, with the largest being Who Do You Think You Are, which has moved out of London to Birmingham this year. We are keen to hold more regional meetings or attend regional history fairs, particularly in Manchester, Scotland and South Wales. It can be as small and local as a coffee morning, which you can organise yourself by contacting other members near you (addresses in Members Area on website).

If you are willing to help organise a meeting in your region or help at a fair, please contact the Chair. You don't have to be an expert. It's always a pleasure to meet other members and hear their own stories at first hand.

The events below may be of interest. The Society may not be represented at them.

Also see some of our past events.

Beyond Caravaggio

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 till Sunday, October 15, 2017
he first major exhibition in the UK to explore the influence of Caravaggio on the art of his contemporaries and followers.

After the unveiling of Caravaggio’s first public commission in 1600, artists from across Europe flocked to Rome to see his work. Seduced by the pictorial and narrative power of his paintings, many went on to imitate their naturalism and dramatic lighting effects.

Paintings by Caravaggio and his followers were highly sought after in the decades following his untimely death at the age of just 39. By the mid-17th century, however, the Caravaggesque style had fallen out of favour and it would take almost three hundred years for Caravaggio’s reputation to be restored and for his artistic accomplishments to be fully recognised.

Bringing together exceptional works by Caravaggio and the Italian, French, Flemish, Dutch, and Spanish artists he inspired, ‘Beyond Caravaggio’ examines the international artistic phenomenon known as Caravaggism.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the National Gallery, London, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Further details can be found at

Moving Dreams

On Friday, September 1, 2017 till Saturday, September 30, 2017
Moving Dreams is a new multimedia heritage project hosted by ICA-The Fleet in Peterborough. It's a drama/creative writing/filming project to celebrate the positive contribution migrants brought, and should keep bringing, to Peterborough, the UK and the whole international community. The project will culminate in a performance for Peterborough Presents summerfest and a showing in September for Spare Tyre Theatre Company's 40th anniversary.
Absolutely inclusive and non-italian speakers friendly. Join our FREE taster session to get a feeling of the work, no experience needed. Contact Ida for more information at

Further details can be found at

Beyond the Census

On Saturday, September 30, 2017
Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission, City Road, London, EC1Y 1AU
Saturday 30th September from 10.30am – 4.30pm (GMT)
Our FFHS Beyond the Census II one-day conference will both broaden and deepen your understanding of family history research. Come along and hear accomplished speakers including: Ian Waller, Martin McDowell, Meryl Catty and Nick Barratt.
On Saturday 30th September you will discover answers to questions you don’t yet know to ask! You’ll learn about census alternatives, little-known record sets, DNA … and much, much more. Intrigued? You should be! Why not join us for the day?
The cost of this Seminar is £12.00 Capacity is limited to 100. Please Book Early to avoid disappointment.
To book please use the link below:

Further details can be found at

Family History Fair and Open Day

On Saturday, November 4, 2017
Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Rd, Woking, GU22 9BA

Further details can be found at