Festival talks by Peter Snow


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Actor and comedian John Sessions has always had a passion for history and the great stories from our past. So too has journalist and broadcaster Peter Snow, so much so that he infected his son Dan with a similar passion at an early age. Here John and Peter discuss with relish some of their favourites episodes, adventures, heroes and heroines from history.

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In this study morning, we will be turning to the increasingly popular pastime of heritage and ancestry. Led by Dr Anna Whitelock, it will include a number of special talks and seminars. Author Richard Beard will talk about his very personal investigation into his own family history and a childhood tragedy he grew up with but knew very little about. He will explain the research he undertook to painstakingly reveal precisely what happened on a family holiday in Cornwall in the 1970s. Roger Hutchinson will talk about the history of the national census and what revelations about both ourselves and our wider history can be discovered, while Anna Whitelock will talk to Peter Snow about his lifelong obsession with keeping scrapbooks and explaining why this is such a practical and valuable way to record our lives. Finally, experts from Family Tree magazine will present a workshop about how we can start researching and learn more about our family histories. This will then be followed by lunch with all the experts in the dining tent.

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