Friday, 5 February 2016

Our Culture, Our Heritage - Tenby Museum

We need to support our own culture.

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is a lovely little museum in the Pembrokeshire town of Tenby. I've been there more than once, and it's both interesting and affordable (£4 per adult for an entire year, and free entry to children.)

There's a range of archaeological finds, art - both modern and fine, and objects which illustrate the long history of the town. It's a little treasure trove.

Unfortunately, the museum faces funding problems - like so much of our cultural institutions, so I urge you - if you're in the area - to pay it a visit.

Your ticket will be valid for a year. It's worth it!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.

video

This video, 'Don't Stand By' is one worthy of being shared - and with resonance for today.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

January Rains

We Brits have a well-known obsession with the weather.

And examples of a wet January (like this one seems to be!) can be found in many old newspapers.

The Rainfall

rain treeThe County Observer and Monmouthshire Advertiser shows us that the obsession with rainfall and the British weather goes back over a century - on 3rd January, 1906, the paper reported that three inches of rain had fallen over the previous 15 days, with 1'8 inches being the monthly average.

The Barry Herald a few years earlier - on 3rd March, 1904 - reported that the January of that year had been wet also (probably not a big surprise.)

The paper reports 4'97 inches of rain for the January of 1904, with an average for the previous 15 years of  2'49 inches for January.

The Flooding

The South Wales Daily News of 22nd January 1877, tells of flooding in the Trent Valley and Lincolnshire.

The same paper, on 22nd January 1895, reports 'STREETS TURNED TO RUSHING RIVERS,' with widespread flooding in Clwyd, Conway, Buckingham, Tamworth, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick, Kidderminster, and Maidenhead.

Meanwhile, according to the Evening Express of 1st January 1901, Tewkesbury had been cut off completely by flooding - essentially becoming an island, and the 'Eastern Counties' were 'Under Water.'

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone.

Tomorrow is 2016. I hope you have an excellent one and have a good time as we say goodbye to 2015.

If you're interested in family history, then this is the time that many pick up the hobby and the habit. It's enjoyable and rewarding to find out more about your family's past.

A word of caution: you may find that it's not as easy as it looks!

I'll be more than pleased to hear from you if you find yourselves stuck against the proverbial 'brick wall,' or simply find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of individuals that share your ancestor's name, and the amount of records there are to traipse through.

Check out my website: www.familyhistorybycerys.co.uk for more information about my services.

Feel free to drop me a line - I've seen my fair share of interesting situations when it comes to errant relatives, black sheep, and general confusion. I will give it my best!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

A Historical Christmas on TV

There are plenty of goodies for the history fan on TV this Christmas - with the BBC leading the charge.


Dickensian on BBC One is a mash-up of Dickens characters and stories in a period mystery.

Running on a theme, Sherlock is also going all period-drama over the festive period, with a Victorian special.

 
There's more mystery on the way with an adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, to keep crime-lovers happy through the holidays.
 

 
And there's the treat of War and Peace to look forward to for those who like their period drama epic.
 

 
To avoid showing prejudice towards the BBC, I should probably point out that ITV also has a lot going on over Christmas.
 
History fans can look forward to the final episode of Downton Abbey on Christmas Day.
 

 
And for the little ones, there's a family tree of a different kind with BBC's Stick Man to watch out for!
 

 
A great Christmas on TV then!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday
 
Today is Small Business Saturday - the day when (hopefully!) we all shine a spotlight on and support small businesses.

These are the businesses run by neighbours, families, friends - who care about what they do and don't have the advantages of corporations. Some of these businesses are new, some are generations old - the local barbers, the window cleaners, the shopkeepers.
 
We should support smaller businesses where we can - for the sake of our history, our communities, and the neighbours, families, and friends, that we want to see succeed.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Coming Home - BBC Wales

BBC Wales has it's own answer to Who Do You Think You Are? - it has Coming Home. Coming Home is a series of half-hour programmes looking into the Welsh roots of the famous and semi-famous.

Series 10 (oh yes, this is a long-running series,) features a four-episode run, starring actress Sian Phillips, journalist Jeremy Bowen, comedian and actor Ben Miller, and sports star and One Show presenter Iwan Thomas.

The series starts tonight at 8.30pm on BBC1 Wales with Sian Phillips' episode - the episodes will be available after airing on the BBC's iPlayer for people living in other UK regions.

I usually find the series to be well worth the watch - so if you're interested in history, give it a try.