The weekend of the 13th to the 15th June promises to be a great opportunity for all those interested in local family history. The Gatehouse Development Initiative and Broughton House, Kirkcudbright are teaming up to promote a weekend of family history events.
On Friday 13th June at 7 30pm there will be a talk in the Faed Gallery in the Mill on the Fleet on the photography of William McMurray
On Saturday 14th June from 12 noon to 4 30pm there will be a Galloway Family History Fair at Broughton house, Kirkcudbright
On Saturday 14th June and Sunday 15th June from 2pm to 7pm the photographs of William McMurray will be available for study in the Community Centre, Dromore Road, Gatehouse of Fleet.
In his talk in the Faed Gallery David Steel will introduce the photography of William McMurray, Gatehouse postman and photographer who captured life in Gatehouse in the first decades of the twentieth century. David will show examples from the 700 glass plates which were recently discovered in Gatehouse and describe the research which has already led to the identification of many people and places.
On Saturday and Sunday the McMurray photographs will be available in the Community Centre, where there will be experts on hand to help with photo identification. Census and other material will be available to help with family history questions. Tony Richards, historical photographer will be there to demonstrate the art of wet plate photography. Members of the Dumfries and Galloway Ethnographic study will be present. There will be plenty of opportunity to chat and reminisce over tea provided by the SWRI.
The events in Gatehouse are supported by Historic Scotland and are part of the GDI's Memoria project.
The Galloway Family History Fair will involve both family history stands and talks by experts
Friday 13th June at 7 30pm
The photography of William McMurray
Faed Gallery, Mill on the Fleet
a talk by David Steel
Saturday 14th June and Sunday 15th June : 2pm to 7pm
The photographs of William McMurray - available for study
in the Community Centre, Dromore Road, Gatehouse of Fleet.
Broughton House & Garden, 12 High St, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JX
Admission £1 for the day, redeemable against purchases in Broughton House shop
In partnership with:
Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society; Lanarkshire Family History Society;
Borders Family History Society;
Dumfries and Galloway Libraries and Archives;
National Trust for Scotland Archives;
Broughton House and Garden Archives;
Practical local advice by Erica Johnston, Dumfries and Galloway Council Family History Officer
Tickets available in advance from Broughton House Seats limited - booking
advised - call 0844 493 2246 or 01557 330437
12.30pm Graham Roberts, Dumfries and Galloway Council Archivist:
‘How Council Archives and Libraries can help with Family History Research’
1.30pm David Devereux, Curator (retired) Stewartry Museum:
‘Family Emigration from Kirkcudbright; recent research in The Stewartry Museum’
2.30pm Chris Paton, genealogist, author and blogger:
‘Instantly Buckled for Life - Researching Scottish Marriage’
3.30pm Ian Riches, National Trust for Scotland Archivist:
‘The Archives of the NTS - What We Found Under the Stairs and in Cupboards...’