Family History Day

There are still a few places left on Bolton History Centre’s archive tours on Saturday 21st October at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm please phone 01204 332185 to book your place.

Remember there is free parking at the Octagon car park on Saturday and Sundays.

11am Jackie Depelle telling us about all the paperwork we accumulate in our lives and how it is useful in family history research.

12noon Anthony Firmin shows us how to date photographs

1.30pm-3pm time for the grandchildren to start their research. Bring them along to the Investigators event and help them start the family tree. Free chart for each child.



‘7000 years of Egypt in 60 Minutes’

Sarah Griffiths

Saturday 4th November 2017, 1pm

Bolton Museum will be welcoming Sarah Griffiths next month as part of their #BoltonsEgypt programme.

Sarah will be getting through the entirety of Ancient Egyptian history in 60 minutes! It promises to be a great talk.

The talk is aimed at a family audience and is FREE to everyone and will be held in their Library Lecture Theatre


I’m singing ballads at this event in Manchester.

John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog

The 31st October is a date which you might notice in the diary – perhaps an evening you mark with a ghoulish costume, or by taking the children trick or treating, or even staying in and watching a film that makes you want to hide behind the sofa. Hallowe’en has been marked for centuries as the feast of All Hallow’s Eve, preceding All Souls Day in the Christian Church calendar, absorbing the Celtic festival of Samhain.

A woodcut image of Luther being played, as an instrument, by the devil. A contemporary image showing a monk (possibly Luther) as a literal instrument of the devil: popular print shows both fierce opposition and support on all sides during the Reformation. (Woodcut pasted into R9935)

This year, Hallowe’en marks an extra special date. 500 years ago, according to tradition on 31st October, Martin Luther chose this festival to publicise his complaints about the Roman Catholic Church as part of an argument for reform. His actions…

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Lately, I’ve been in the final stages of putting together the manuscript for the book.  As I came to the very end of the project, I spent a couple of days writing a few new bits for a reworked introduction.  I’d never been entirely comfortable with the fact that the first chapter was the introduction, and on the advice of a couple of people who had read the whole manuscript, I made a (rather last minute decision to) change!

Then there were the fiddly bits of things that needed sorting out – making sure that the figure numbers were correct on the files; cutting the manuscript up into its constituent parts; checking that the footnotes were consistent.  All done…

I’m pleased to say that I managed to send the manuscript to the publisher two weeks ahead of schedule.

Can vice-chancellors ever really know what it’s like for emerging researchers and precariat postdocs? I was reading two vice-chancellors discuss how to take pressure off young academics the other week and it made me increasingly ragey. Set-ups like this are doomed in many ways because you’re asking people with incredible privilege and a fair whack […]

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There are several points in this excellent post by Tseen Khoo that I’d like to echo – the assumption that all ECRs are ‘young’, for a start, and that they all can and should be mobile – see my posts on contemplating the future and transitioning out of academia from several years ago.

During the summer, we went to Rufford Old Hall‘s family fun day, where we had a go at archery and visited our friends at the North West Reptile Club (someday I hope to be able to take Dave along).

To be honest, I wasn’t going to bother going round the house this time, as we have been so often before and there was plenty to keep us occupied outside, but someone pointed out that the Tudor Great Hall was being restored, with its concrete and brick being replaced with traditional wattle and daub, so we had to have a look at that.

IMG_20170821_150939262This is the second of two short posts about my summer holiday in France, only this time it’s not really about anything historical.  I was just blown away by Le Grand Éléphant at Les Machines de l’Île in Nantes.  Unfortunately, we arrived too late in the day to have a look round the workshop, but we got a good look at the elephant, the carousel and the prototype branch of the Arbre aux Hérons.  If we go back to the Loire in a couple of years, this will be top of our ‘to-do’ list!



Spotted this!  It’s exciting to see it on the web…