Celebratory 1921 Census Conference

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27 October 2021
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1921 Census Celebratory Conference
The 1921 Census will be released in January 2022 and to celebrate we're holding a special series of webinars exploring life in the 1920s and providing practical advice on how to get the best from this remarkable new historic record collection.

Join us for the Celebratory 1921 Census Conference
6, 13 and 20 January 2022

The 1921 Census of England and Wales will become available to search online on 6 January 2022. 

This is exciting news! It's the largest project ever completed by The UK National Archives and FindMyPast, consisting of more than 30,000 bound volumes of original documents stored on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving. 

We're celebrating the Census becoming available with a special family history conference. Split into three sessions, the conference will be hosted via Zoom, and will bring together historians, with panellists discussing the 1921 Census records and the wider historical context of our ancestors’ work, homes & lives in the post-WW1 world of 1921.

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Book your Conference Pass

A discounted 'Conference Pass' is available for £30 (£25 for Family Tree subscribers), giving you access to all three sessions (just click the link).

Alternatively, if you wish to book for just one or two of the session, please see the links below.


6 January 2022, 6.30pm, £15

We launch our Census Conference with a panel discussion, as we reflect on the release of the records, and how our ancestors lived and worked during the time the census was taken.

The session will include an introductory how-to-use the 1921 Census tour by genealogist and North American Content Manager at Findmypast Jen Baldwin – covering search tips and insights to enhance your family history research, and a panel discussion on the census records and our ancestors' lives, times and experiences in this early 1920s post-world war period.

Panellists include:

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan, design & cultural historian and author of Ideal Homes: Uncovering the History and Design of the Interwar House

Professor Peter Doyle, military historian and author of Tommy’s War: British Military Memorabilia 1914-1918 and ‘For Every Sailor Afloat, Every Soldier at the Front’: Princess Mary’s Christmas Gift 1914

Dr Nick Barratt, genealogist and Director of Learner and Discovery Services at the Open University

Adele Emm, genealogist and author of My Ancestor Worked in Textile Mills, Tracing Your Female Ancestors and Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors

David Annal, genealogist and census specialist, involved in the 1901 and 1911 Census launches with The National Archives, and co-author of Census: The Family Historian's Guide

Jayne Shrimpton, dress historian and author of Fashion in the 1920s, Fashion & Family History and British Working Dress: Occupational Clothing 1750-1950

Jen Baldwin, Genealogist and North American Content Manager at Findmypast, whose research specialism includes the British diaspora.

The recording of the event will be made available to those who have bought tickets to the event until 4 February 2021.


 

13 January 2022, 6.30pm, £10

With a focus on the domestic scene, fashion and women's occupations, this session goes further into life in the 1920s, revealing the lifestyle and challenges our ancestors faced a century ago.

Featuring our ancestors’ interwar homes, fashion & clothing of the era, and key female employment such as textile mills, laundresses and charwomen. We will also be placing these lives in context and reflecting on the details revealed about them in the 1921 Census.

Panellists at this evening's event include:

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan, design & cultural historian and author of Ideal Homes: Uncovering the History and Design of the Interwar House

Adele Emm, genealogist and author of My Ancestor Worked in Textile Mills, Tracing Your Female Ancestors and Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors

Jayne Shrimpton, dress historian and author of Fashion in the 1920s, Fashion & Family History and British Working Dress: Occupational Clothing 1750-1950

David Annal, genealogist and census specialist, involved in the 1901 and 1911 Census launches with The National Archives, and co-author of Census: The Family Historian's Guide

The recording of the event will be made available to those who have bought tickets to the event until 4 February 2021.


 

20 January 2022, 6.30pm, £10

Our final session centres on men, the post-WW1 military and employment scene, the effects of the First World War on life in the 1920s, and the British diaspora.

Featuring the post-WW1 military scene and its impact on politics, employment, emigration and families (the demobbed, wounded, widowed, orphaned).

We will close with a how-to demonstration, looking at some of the more specialised aspects of searching for and using the 1921 Census collection on Findmypast with Jen Baldwin.

Panellists at this evening's event include:

Professor Peter Doyle, military historian and author of Tommy’s War: British Military Memorabilia 1914-1918 and ‘For Every Sailor Afloat, Every Soldier at the Front’: Princess Mary’s Christmas Gift 1914

Dr Nick Barratt, genealogist and Director of Learner and Discovery Services at the Open University

Genealogist and North American Content Manager at Findmypast, Jen Baldwin, whose research specialism includes the British diaspora.

The recording of the event will be made available to those who have bought tickets to the event until 4 February 2021.