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Limmer and Trinidad Lake Asphalt Company

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Limmer and Trinidad Lake Asphalt Company Buckinghamshire History Festival

Katherine Gwyn talks to Louise Allen about her involvement with Bucks Archives' Black History Research Group, and her research into the connections between a company based at Slough Trading Estate and Pitch Lake, Trinidad. **29 min**
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Quaker Connections: Buckinghamshire and USA

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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/

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A Burial in Oving, 1946: the life of George Laurence Bazett Hull and his crew

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A Burial in Oving, 1946: the life of George Laurence Bazett Hull and his crew Buckinghamshire History Festival

Wing Commander George Laurence Bazett Hull died in an air crash in 1946, and was buried in Oving, Buckinghamshire.  When a team of archaeologists and historians found the wreckage of this crash in a field in 2017, they did not anticipate the journey that Hull, or 'BOK' as he was known to some, would take them on.  Here is that story.   **46 min**

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.

http://Goadby Marwood History Group (goadby-marwood-history.co.uk)

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Mary does Marlow

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Mark Bateman (Buckinghamshire Libraries) interviews arguably Marlow's most famous resident, author of Frankenstein's Monster, and inventor of the science fiction genre, Mary Shelley.   **20min**

Mary Shelley 1797-1851 was a literary superstar, and sometime resident of Marlow, where she now gives walking tours:

www.marydoesmarlow.eventbrite.com

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

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Crosswords

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Two crosswords, brought to you by the Buckinghamshire Libraries team. Follow the links below to play.

All about Amersham: https://bit.ly/3nC9x2m

Gardeners and their Gardens: https://bit.ly/3xbzxEN

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Word Searches

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

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Black Bucks Lives: Samson Ethiope, the Herberts, Henery Pompey and Catherine Duleep Singh

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Black Bucks Lives: Samson Ethiope, the Herberts, Henery Pompey and Catherine Duleep Singh Buckinghamshire History Festival

Tony Sargeant talks Archivist Katherine Gwyn through some of his research into Black Lives in Buckinghamshire, conducted as part of Buckinghamshire Archives' Black History Research Group.  The lives discussed include Samson Ethiope, Pharo, Ann, John and Mary Herbert, Henery Pompey and Catherine Duleep Singh.   **33 min**

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.

https://www.bucksfhs.org.uk/

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Top Tips for House History

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Top Tips for House History Buckinghamshire History Festival

Professional researcher and house historian Cathy Soughton gives us her top tips for starting your own house history. **7 min**

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.

https://www.bucksresearch.co.uk/

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Dillibe Onyeama: A Black Boy at Eton

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Dillibe Onyeama: A Black Boy at Eton Buckinghamshire History Festival

In 1969 Dillibe Onyeama became the first Black pupil to finish his studies at Eton College, which was then in Buckinghamshire.  Three years later he published his memoirs documenting that experience.  Dillbe has gone on to have a long and successful career in publishing, and as an author.  Ahead of Penguin's new edition of his first book, Judi McGinley and Katherine Gwyn link-up with Dillibe from his home in Nigeria.   Pre-order A Black Boy At Eton here: https://amzn.to/32i6sMI

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

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Jigsaws

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

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Where are the Black Lives at Bucks Archives? A conversation with Dr Caroline Bressey

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Where are the Black Lives at Bucks Archives? A conversation with Dr Caroline Bressey Buckinghamshire History Festival

Here at Buckinghamshire Archives we have been running a project during 2021: the Black History Research Group, with the aim of hunting through our collections to find Black Lives that date to before 1948.  But we were struggling – this is a hard ask.  So Katherine Gwyn reached out for help, and who better than Dr Caroline Bressey?  Caroline has researched black Victorians in London, and was sure to have some wisdom to share… **22 min**

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.

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Gardening and Historic Garden Preservation: Turn End and Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust

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Gardening and Historic Garden Preservation: Turn End and Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust Buckinghamshire History Festival

Gardens are important but highly changeable elements of our physical and cultural landscape; can the needs of gardeners and historians ever reconcile?   Claire de Carle of Buckinghamshire Garden Trust talks with Jackie Hunt, Gardener at Turn End in Haddenham.  Claire and Jackie discuss recent research by the Buckinghamshire Garden Trust into mid to late 20th century gardens and designed landscapes in the county and focus on Peter's Aldington's Turn End, the only post-war English Listed house and garden created by the same hand. What other projects in Buckinghamshire have been proposed for recognition and protection? What was architect Peter Aldington's ethos for creating his village houses and garden in Haddenham in the 1960s?  How can we help raise awareness and recognition of post war landscape projects? https://bucksgardenstrust.org.uk/ https://www.turnend.org.uk/ https://local-heritage-list.org.uk/buckinghamshire   **18 mins**  

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.

https://www.turnend.org.uk/

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.

https://bucksgardenstrust.org.uk/