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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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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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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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Meet the County Archivist!

Come and meet Buckinghamshire’s new County Archivist, Daniel Williams, and learn more about local history and archives.

Daniel will be in residence at Buckingham Library on Saturday 6 November. 10-noon.

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Hidden Things: A New Fairytale

A new Fairytale for Buckinghamshire, suitable for all the family; watch it now!

Join us for a tale of magic and mystery, as a young girl named Polly takes on the fearsome Witch of Dark Lane. Unbound Storyteller Erika Sanderson performs a special story all about sinister spells, cruel curses, and family misfortunes…

Inspired by Bucks Archives, this brand-new tale from the Unbound Storytellers of Queens Park Arts Centre is sure to entertain all ages. Curious about the photo that inspired this story? Find out more here.

Performed by Erika Sanderson

From a story by Dario Knight

With thanks to Gareth Johnson

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Hidden Things, Oving: a Spine-Tingling Podcast

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Apr 2021: Hidden Things, Oving Archive of the Month

Boots, Bottles and Blouses.  That's what this month's episode is about.  Or more specifically a photo Judi McGinley found in our collection depicting these items, amongst others, that were discovered during building works, hidden in a chimney breast in a pub in Oving.  What's going on?  Judi tells us more!  

The photograph in question…showing the chemise, boot and strap, which were found within a chimney place in Oving, Bucks.

Judi McGinley is an archives officer who joined Buckinghamshire Archives back in 2018. She has previously worked and volunteered in various heritage organisations including the Museum and Library of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, the London Fire Brigade Museum and Library and the British Red Cross Archives. Judi’s hobbies include World and Independent cinema, watercolour painting, visiting museums, galleries and heritage sites.

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Pulp Fact: Making Paper from the Things you Find

Victoria Stevens

10.30 – 11.15, Sat 30 Oct, 2021

Suitable for children and adults, ages 8+

Oh no! You missed this event! But check back here over the next few days; we’ll be posting-up a video of the workshop.

Have you ever thought what makes paper?

Have you ever wanted to make your own?

And what makes paper waterproof?

Come along to this fun interactive session to find out some pulp facts!

Paper conservator Victoria Stevens from Take 5 Engagement will show you how you can make a sheet of coloured paper using ordinary things you’ll find in your house. You’ll need:

  • A few sheets of toilet roll
  • A large mixing bowl with 1 pint of water in it
  • A whisk
  • A sieve
  • 2 sheets of kitchen paper or a disposable cloth
  • Food colouring, coloured ink or thin paint
  • A sheet of greaseproof paper or silicone release paper
  • A cube of jelly – any flavour
  • Flowers, leaves or glitter (optional)

Don’t worry if you don’t have some of these, you’ll still be able to join in.

Victoria is a library and archive conservator, and spends her days sticking things back together. She runs Take 5 Engagement Ltd, which is an excuse for her to get messy and show how heritage materials are made and can be understood using all 5 senses – and more!

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Potion making: The Dark Arts of Ink

Victoria Stevens

2-2.45pm, Sat 30 Oct, 2021

Free Virtual Workshop via Zoom, book tickets https://bit.ly/3E7OQk4

Suitable for children and adults, from age 8+

Come into the Virtual Bucks History Festival potion lab to see ink being made and find out how to make your own invisible ink!

Join heritage conservator Victoria Stevens to learn the magic of iron gall ink, used to write important documents throughout history such as Charles II death certificate and Magna Carta! You’ll also find out how to make your own secret ink, making the invisible magically appear before your very eyes!

You’ll need:

  • Baking powder
  • A jug with 100ml water in it
  • Lemon/lime or orange juice, vinegar and milk: you’ll need about half a cupful of each
  • A soft pencil and sharpener
  • A hairdryer
  • Some plain A4 paper
  • A thin paint brush

Don’t worry if you don’t have some of these, you’ll still be able to join in.

Join us if you dare!

Victoria is a library and archive conservator, and spends her days sticking things back together. She runs Take 5 Engagement Ltd, which is an excuse for her to get messy and show how heritage materials are made and can be understood using all 5 senses – and more!