Ann Flood walks us through her research into the connections between Quakers in Buckinghamshire and New Jersey, USA.
Ann is a member of the Chiltern Area Quakers; you can find out more about them here: http://caqm.org.uk/
A Burial in Oving, 1946: the life of George Laurence Bazett Hull and his crew – Buckinghamshire History Festival
Since 1999 the Field Detectives have forged trusting and lasting relationships with landowners, local communities, and heritage sector colleagues. By sharing the stories that we uncover from our field survey activities; we continue to inform a better understanding of how our farming landscapes evolved over the centuries.
Our field survey reports are an exact finds location record, and by working closely with our heritage sector colleagues, we are establishing a growing set of detailed historic collections. These detailed studies are held in trust by the respective landowners who act as heritage custodians; providing a unique set of rich historical landscape investigations for further study and collaboration.
Every field really does, have its own unique story to tell
If you have a field for us to investigate; give us a call.
Mary does Marlow – Buckinghamshire History Festival
Mary Shelley 1797-1851 was a literary superstar, and sometime resident of Marlow, where she now gives walking tours:
Mark Bateman is Reading Services Officer at Buckinghamshire Library Service. If you are interested in finding out more about the Mary Shelley books available through the Library Service, take a look at the catalogue, here: https://buckinghamshire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME
Buckinghamshire Libraries have put together some suitably historical word searches! Want to give them a try? Follow the links below.
Gardening Wordsearch EASY i https://bit.ly/3cCbFkn
Gardening Wordsearch EASY ii https://bit.ly/3DHWdPC
Gardening Wordsearch MODERATE https://bit.ly/3xbxHnk
Biggest Old Towns EASY https://bit.ly/3FzJEGw
Historic Sites HARD i https://bit.ly/32pDc6M
Historic Sites HARD ii https://bit.ly/3HLBLQ2
Country Houses MODERATE i https://bit.ly/3xaswUR
Country Houses MODERATE ii https://bit.ly/3nFFZkw
Country Houses MODERATE iii https://bit.ly/3qZvnPj
Historical Events MODERATE https://bit.ly/3oTjace
Historical Authors EASY https://bit.ly/2ZbX4sR
Historical Authors MODERATE https://bit.ly/3FCjmUe
Black Bucks Lives: Samson Ethiope, the Herberts, Henery Pompey and Catherine Duleep Singh – Buckinghamshire History Festival
Tony Sargeant is the Secretary of Bucks Family History Society and researches local history of Buckinghamshire, especially the Stoke Hundred. He worked for the Post Office Telephones in West London before becoming an IT Technician at St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School, Slough. Since retirement he has expanded his research in Buckinghamshire history. He is also a member of Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society and Buckinghamshire Record Society. At the moment he is researching Colnbrook as well as working for the Buckinghamshire Black History Research Group.
Top Tips for House History – Buckinghamshire History Festival
Cathy is a qualified architectural historian and accredited genealogist who has specialised in carrying out house histories for both private homeowners and commercial clients for nearly 20 years.
Living in Buckinghamshire, Cathy has researched the history of numerous houses in the county as well as many further afield. Local homes researched have been as diverse as medieval manor houses, old pubs, converted schools, farmhouses and Georgian townhouses. She is an expert on Rothschild estate buildings in the Vale of Aylesbury having studied them in depth for the dissertation for her architectural history qualification. Each history undertaken is bespoke and tailored to a client’s specific requirements. As well as carrying out documentary research on the history of a property, Cathy can also provide a structural overview. The history can be produced in different formats and she also works with a professional photographer to provide beautifully illustrated house history books.
Cathy has written articles for various publications, given regular talks and provides ‘Ask the Expert’ advice on house histories at Family History shows. She is a Member and the current Secretary of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives which maintains and promotes high standards of professional conduct in the field of genealogy and historical research.
Dillibe Onyeama: A Black Boy at Eton – Buckinghamshire History Festival
Dillibe Onyeama was born in Enugu, the second son of influential judge Charles Dadi Umeha Onyeama, and on the day of his birth became the first black boy to be registered to attend Eton College. Becoming a pupil there in 1965, and leaving in 1969, he wrote a book while still a teenager about his experiences of discrimination and bullying at the elite British boarding-school, published in 1972. In 2020 the school’s present headmaster, Simon Henderson, offered Onyeama an apology for the treatment he had received.
Onyeama obtained a diploma from the Premier School of Journalism, before returning to Nigeria In 1981, and establishing the publishing company Delta Publications, based in Enugu.
In February 2022 Penguin will be publishing a new edition of his first book, A Black Boy at Eton, which can be pre-ordered here: https://amzn.to/32i6sMI
The team at Buckinghamshire Libraries have been creating a range of jigsaws, ranging in difficulty from friendly to fiendish, using historic photographs of the county.
You can find them here: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/BuckinghamshireHistoryFestival
Where are the Black Lives at Bucks Archives? A conversation with Dr Caroline Bressey – Buckinghamshire History Festival
Caroline Bressey was born and grew up in London. In 1997 she graduated from the University of Cambridge with BA Honours in Geography. In 1998 she joined the UCL Geography department as postgraduate student and was awarded her PhD Forgotten Geographies: Historical Geographies of Black Women in Victorian and Edwardian London in 2003. Between 2003 and 2007 Caroline continued to research the Black Presence in Victorian Britain and the role of the anti-racist community as an ESRC postdoctoral student and research fellow. In 2007 she became a lecturer in human geography and founded the Equiano Centre to support research into the Black Presence in Britain. In 2009 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize.
Gardening and Historic Garden Preservation: Turn End and Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust – Buckinghamshire History Festival
Jackie originally studied archaeology and worked as a museum curator in London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire for 11 years.
Whilst working at Wycombe Museum in High Wycombe she developed a strong interest in furniture and studied furniture design at Buckinghamshire New University whilst re-training as a gardener. After running her own gardening business and working locally for the National Trust she became Gardener at Turn End in 2010.
Jackie enjoys the very varied work, mostly hands-on gardening but also helping manage the estate, hosting group visits and events and working with Turn End Trust on strategic planning and fundraising.
Claire de Carle MA is a garden historian, with a keen interest in horticulture, art and social history. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust Research & Recording project in 2013 which has produced reports on around 100 locally important historic gardens, her work for the project includes mentoring and training the volunteers. She now advises other county garden trusts on setting up similar projects.
For the last two years she has been the vice chair of the trust and she will shortly take over as chair.
She enjoys writing articles about her research into little known historic landscape gardens and more recently she has set up two other projects: Artists and their Gardens and Public Parks in Buckinghamshire. She also lectures to local groups about Buckinghamshire gardens and Maud Grieve, the herbalist who was the subject of her dissertation.