Sunday 13.30 – 14.30 Rehearsal Tent
Have you ever wondered how a local town or village developed, or how to find out about the lives of the people who lived there? There are many resources available to investigate this nowadays, many online and many in print. It is just a question of knowing where to find them and how to use them! The talk will focus on these resources, drawing on examples from
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. It will be suitable for those with a general interest or with some experience, and will point to the pleasures and pitfalls of historical sources and to questions you may never have considered.
Dr Gill Draper teaches day schools on medieval landscape history and on many aspects of local history at the universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church. She has particular interests in the sources now widely available for local history and genealogy, and regularly speaks at Who Do You Think You Are Live at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Dr Draper carries out research for archaeological companies and Historic England (English Heritage) and publishes widely on such areas as the history of small towns and parishes, and rural colonisation and settlement. She is the Events and Development Officer for the British Association for Local History, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries.