Friday, 6 July 2012

Wednesday 11th 'Uncovering your Ancestors at the Science Museum Library and Archives'

A lunchtime talk by Doug Stimson and John Underwood.

The main focus of the talk will be how the Science Museum’s Library and Archive collections might be of use to the family historian. It will be illustrated with examples of  “normal” individuals researched from the Museum's collections - Charlotte Wilsdon (a nurse who worked alongside Florence Nightingale in the Crimea) and William Dakin (a coffee roaster from St. Pauls in London from the 1850’s).

Since relocating to Wroughton the Science Museum are keen to attract new audiences to their collections and the family history angle is one such way to do this.

Although family history is the main focus of the talk there will also be a look at the library and archives in general as well as some of the other “treasures” of our collection.