Heritage and Culture Day

Saturday 26th October 10-4pm

In partnership with Liverpool and SW Lancashire Family History Society Liverpool Central Library is proud to announce the first Heritage and Culture Day set in the historic Picton Reading Room at Liverpool Central Library. There will also be talks and tours throughout the day.

The event will showcase stallholders from a variety of cultural and heritage organisations across Merseyside. Free Entry. Talks costs £5.

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What's on

10am: Dating Your Family History - Roger Hull, Liverpool Record Office

Explore the key dates in Liverpool’s family history starting in 1586 and going through the 19th into the 20th century. One of the key decades was the 1830’s. Do you know why? Find out in this talk!

11am: The Irish in the North West 1800 -1939 - Mervyn Busteed, Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, Liverpool University

The talk will outline how, during the first half of the nineteenth century, north-west England experienced a great influx of Irish migrants who settled particularly in Liverpool and Manchester. This impact can still be traced in the family history of its people and particularly in the urban landscape of its major cities.

12pm: 302 Men- Karen O’Rourke, National Museums Liverpool

There are 302 Men listed on the Commonwealth War Graves database who served and died with the King’s Liverpool Regiment in 1919 – Karen O’Rourke from the Museum of Liverpool examines how hundreds of men continued to die after the guns of the Great War fell silent on 11 November 1918, supposedly signalling the end of the fighting.

2pm: The Waterways Archive - Waterways and Family History by Linda Barley

A specialist national archive and library which is a window on a world that has gone forever which includes boat people, bridges, aquaducts covering the vast network of waterways that are such an important part of our heritage. So whether your interest is social history, civil engineering or you just want to lose yourself in the wonderful landscapes of Britain's waterways you'll find something here for you. Explore over 200 years of waterways history!

3pm: A Short History of My Experience with DNA by Peter Cobley

Background history of the finding and identification of DNA. Explanation of Chromosomes and other DNA. DNA tests available and testing companies with pricing. A few practical examples of how I managed to work out who cousins are together with some traps that were encountered on the way. Brief explanation of chromosome browsers. Some examples of aids to understanding DNA:- Social Media groups, books that have helped me, and computer blogs.

1-3pm:  Showing of the Windrush documentary ‘The Descendants’ with Q&A by Blackburne House