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Prior Meetings

The 2013 Annual Conference and AGM

The 2013 Annual Conference will be held on Saturday 18 May 2013

Our venue for 2013 was St. John's Church Hall; Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 9RQ

There was no formal conference theme for 2013 except for our core objective of providing education in connection with the outcomes of members' research. The FACHRS membership embraces all levels of study and for our visit to the Farnborough area we drew upon aspects of the social history of the local community of Odiham and a study of the Odiham war memorial. After lunch (included in the registration fee) a presented paper challenged the received wisdom perceptions of recruiting volunteers at the outset of The Great War. After the death of Queen Victoria, who for many years led a sombre life, society entered the Edwardian period - just how different was that period? Brita Wood provided an update on progress on the School Mistress mini-project.

FACHRS also released information on a new project to coincide with the centenary of the Great War and in which volunteers will be encouraged to engage in a new study to seek specific aspects of how local communities elected to support The Great War effort. More will be released on this project shortly. Download Project Proposal

Prior Meetings 


The 2012 Annual Conference was Waterside Communities

The 2012 Annual Conference was held on Saturday 12 May and Sunday 13 May.

Our conference theme 'Waterside' was all about communities and their families who have worked, lived and been impacted by their chosen abode being close to water. From canal boats to sea port docks, riverside communities to seaside communities our theme provides a varied and interesting series of presentations from guest speakers Hugh Conway-Jones, Dick Hunter and Helen Doe.
Two workshops were held on the Sunday. One workshop led by local historian, John Loosley, dealt with preparing research for publication and the second workshop led by our chairman, Don Dickson, dealt with sources and methods for tracing military ancestors.

Retailing and the Growth of a Consumer Society

The 2011 Annual conference "School & Community" was hosted in Warwick on May 14th 201l. Use the link to view the program,

School & Community

The 2010 Annual conference "School & Community" was hosted in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire on May 8th 2010. Use the link to view the program,

The conference also included the initial results of the FACHRS School & Community School Log Books Project that is now underway.


The 2009 Annual Conference.

Seen but not Heard! Children in History
Saturday 23 May 2009 at the Institute of Historical Research, London.

The core theme was the "Outlook for children in the 18th, 19th and early 20th Century", a theme that embraced children's lives at play, at work, their health and for some unfortunate children, mortality. How did children play in the 19th century? What were the differences in play between the social classes? Was child play geared to prepare children for work? Poverty was endemic, some children were "boarded out" whilst infant mortality remained a subject for concern. In the early 19th century parliament passed laws to curtail child labour but children continued  to work well into the century. So prospects for children varied greatly on their route from birth, through childhood toward adolescence.

The 2009 FACHRS Annual Conference explored these topics and stimulated debate surrounding the era that was subsequently perceived as an era of high moral standards that some would have return.
This energetic conference was held on the Saturday of a Bank Holiday weekend when delegates who had battled with the challenges imposed by the public transport system in London and England confirmed that attendance had been worth while!

A report of this conference was published in the Society Newsletter.


The 2008 Annual Conference
was held in Aspley Guise, Nr Milton Keynes on the 10th May 2008

Housing the Poor was the theme for the conference read more


Upstairs, Downstairs: The community of the Country House.

The 2007 Annual Conference was held on 12 May 2007 at the Priory Street Centre, York

The focus for annual conference is Upstairs, Downstairs: The community of the Country House.


Conference 2006: Conference 2006 Click to link

Details of the 2006 Annual Conference


Conference 2005 held 21 May 2005

The Federation of Family History Societies 30th Anniversary

The year 2004 marked the 30th anniversary of the FFHS and to celebrate the occasion the FFHS sponsored a conference in Loughborough from the 26 - 31 August 2004. By invitation FACHRS provided four speakers covering a wide variety of topics.

2004 Conference was held on 15 May 2004..  at the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester,

"The Family and Community Historical Research Society's Annual Conference and AGM took place on Saturday, 15th May 2004. Hosted by the Centre for Local History at Leicester University, the theme of this year's conference was Transport. Professor Colin Divall from the Institute of Railway Studies and Transport provided this year's "keynote" presentation, focusing on transport from 1900-1939. FACHRS members who contributed research to national projects that supported and enhanced academic work was showcased at the meeting. Dr Trevor Hill contributed a paper on his work on the change in transport from packhorse to railway. Mike Beech presented on his work with the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust and canal preservation. Cynthia Brown, from the East Midlands Oral History Archive, provided information about the sources available from the archive, with particular emphasis on Transport.

A conference report was published in the mid-year Newsletter and may also be accessed in the Members Community.


Annual Conference May 2003


Annual Conference 13 April 2002
The 2002 Annual Conference & AGM took place at the Birmingham and Midland Institute on Saturday 13th April.

The theme of the event was "By Schism Rent Asunder" a review of religious activity during the 19th century. A conference report was published in the August 2002 Newsletter. Photographs from the sessions may be viewed on line if you have a Flash Plug-in to your Internet Browser.

Talking History! Saturday 17 November 2001

The second event organised in the East Midlands was a conference on Oral History hosted by the East Midlands Oral History Archive at the University of Leicester. 

Annual Conference 5 May 2001
The 2001 Annual Conference & AGM took place at the Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The theme of the event was "Beer and Skittles", to view the schedule and most recent information, or view the conference location map, 

Annual Conference 2000 15 April 2000

The 2000 Annual Conference took place on Saturday 15 April and the event was a great success with outstanding presentations from all speakers.

On this page are just a few of the highlights!

Note this page is rich in photographs and will take some 15 - 20 seconds before you can view all the photographs.

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Hosiery Past & Present 11 November 2000

A special meeting hosted by the East Midlands Branch of FACHRS at Hinckley Museum. The agenda included oral and documented histories of the Hosiery Industry.

Annual Conference 1999

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