Theatre Collection

Uni BristolThe online catalogue of the University of Bristol’s Theatre Collection may be very useful for those with ancestors who trod the boards. The collection is wide and includes documents, photographs, film and artefacts so if you find something of interest in the catalogue a trip to Bristol may be very worth while.

You should note that the building is closed to researchers until mid October because of building work, but that just gives you plenty of time to plan your trip!!


Portrait & Studio Photographers -19th & 20th Century

clip_image002This site offers a database of 19th & 20th photographers with biographies, information on dating of old photographs and a list of resources.

A neat and tidy site with much information and easy to use.

Marks & Sparks Archive online

clip_image002The University of Leeds has announced the launching of a new website dedicated to the Archives of the High Street retailer Marks & Spencer. I can’t imagine there is anyone in the UK that hasn’t been in an M & S store, but if your ancestors entered the store via the staff entrance then this site must be worth a look.

The actual archive is housed in a brand new building in the grounds of the University of Leeds.

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Thames Watermen & Lightermen

Find My Past has just published 99,000+ occupational records of Thames Lightermen & Watermen. The collection dates from 1688 to 2010 and is as follows…..

  • The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames binding records 1692-1949 – 82,238 records
  • The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames reassignments 1688-1908: a list of apprentices who were reassigned from one master to another – 12,410 records, including information about both masters and apprentices
  • Thomas Doggett Coat & Badge, ‘The Hanover Prize’: a record of all known competitors who rowed in the annual race 1715-2010 – 4,402 records
  • Corporation of Trinity House: a register of licences granted to ex-mariners to work as watermen on the River Thames 1829-1864 – 90 records

My friend Sue will be so pleased to see this collection as will all those with ancestors who worked the Rover Thames.

Met Police Records

clip_image002If you find some police officers in your ancestry and they served in the Metropolitan Police Force then this is the site for you.

Timelines, gallery of old images, history of policing and details of the archives. Plenty to read and see and there is advice on how to access and use the records that the archives hold.

Plus there are pages dedicated to some of the more famous historical criminals that the Met has had dealings with.