Family History

Family history and geneaology: explore it here with museum exhibitions, museum event listings, features, news and web resources collected from museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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UK Prefab Museum battles for survival with Kickstarter campaign

A living museum in a prefab in Catford is using a kickstarter campaign so it can stay open and celebrate post-war life through art, archives and the sharing of memories.

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National Archives piece together the records of 140,000 First World War officers

Nearly 140,000 surviving paper records of Officers who served in the First World War, including Rudyard Kipling's son Jack and future Prime Minister Clement Atlee, have been made available at the National Archives.

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Competition: Win tickets to Who Do You Think You Are? Live at the SECC in Glasgow

There are 40 workshops, one-to-one sessions with genealogical experts and celebrity tales at the ninth live edition of Who Do You Think You Are? We've got tickets to give away.

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Europeana project aims to save more forgotten First World War family histories

Do you have First World War family heirlooms and mementos? The British Library and Europeana 1914-1918 are calling on people in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond to share their stories for a unique......

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Imperial War Museum launches "extraordinary" Lives of the First World War memorial

The Imperial War Museum has launched its ambitious Lives of the First World War website in a permanent digital memorial to more than eight million men and women.

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Letters Home: Pub art project raises a glass to the First World War dead of a Kent village

A pub and social club in the village of Horsmonden in Kent are the site of a new art project which uses pub beer glasses to conjure memories of local First World War soldiers.

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National Archives says First World War war diaries project will lead to "new discoveries"

The National Archives has begun digitising its vast collection of World War I British Army Unit War Diaries, with a crowd sourcing project to enlist public help to tag them.

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Hacienda history and African fabric as MOSI encourages visitors to touch Everyday Relics

The Museum of Science and Industry's groundbreaking new exhibition allows visitors to uncover the city's history through touching everyday objects from the collection.

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The nation's conversations made public as British Library puts Listening Project online

The British Library has made over 350 conversations, recorded for its collaboration with BBC Radio 4, available online as a social history snapshot of Britain on its Sounds website.

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Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at London's Jewish Museum

Co-curated by her brother, Alex, the Jewish Museum's display of photos and memorabilia from the life of Amy Winehouse is a truer, purer portrait of the singer who died in 2011.

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Cockney Heritage Festival in Tower Hamlets aims to prove culture is not brown bread

Pie and mash, jellied eels, Cockney Rejects and tea dances as the inaugural Cockney Heritage Festival aims to dispel media reports of the untimely demise of the East Ender.

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Government reveals detailed plans to mark 100 years since beginning of First World War in 2014

Educational battlefield visits for schoolchildren, a series of candlelit vigils marking the outbreak of war in 1914 and funding for local community projects will be at the centre of the government's......

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Museums at Night 2013: A Victorian Delight at London's 18 Stafford Terrace

Museums at Night created a rare chance to sneak inside a 19th century London house, complete with waiting Victorian residents. Richard Moss went to take a look.

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Curator's Choice: Paul Doherty on the belt worn by his father on Bloody Sunday

The taxi driver and guide at the Museum of Free Derry Museum Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, explains why one of the resident exhibits is of great personal importance to him.

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The Games We Played: Childhood Board and Card Games celebrated at Mansfield Museum

Mansfield Museum is revisiting the games of Christmas past with an entertaining trawl through some classic and not-so-classic board games dating from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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