House History Show Go-To Orientation Page

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10 April 2021
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Get all the info you need to make the most of the House History Show

House History Show: all you need to know

This 'go-to' info page provides the following:


About the House History Show

  • The House History Show and lecture series will all take place online on Zoom.
  • When you buy a ticket you will be sent a Zoom link.
  • The presentations will be given live.
  • The 'best value' option is the all-inclusive ticket for £45
  • Recordings of the live presentations will be made available for paid ticket holders to view for a month after the final presentation (i.e. until 10 July 2021).

The House History Show Programme

Saturday 15 May: 10am to 4.30pm
Tickets £45 (include the summer lecture series); click here to buy your all-inclusive ticket.

10 am Welcome to the House History Show
Introduction with Helen Tovey to the House History Show panel of leading UK house historians

10.15 am Keynote: A House Through Time
In conversation with onscreen contributor and historical consultant Prof Deborah Sugg Ryan and house historian & research consultant Melanie Backe-Hansen from the BBC TV series ‘A House Through Time’

11.15 am Coffee break
Online chat with the #HouseHistoryHour team
House history questions welcome. Topics discussed will be aired in the afternoon round table

11.30 am Terraced House Tales: new 19th century housing and its occupants
Buildings historian and heritage research consultant Karen Averby explores this iconic range of Victorian dwellings

12 noon Stepping Sideways: Walking around the brick walls
Historical researcher, author and house historian Gill Blanchard shares strategies for solving house history research problems

12.30 pm Lunch
Online chat with the #HouseHistoryHour team
Ask your house history questions, share your house history research projects. Topics discussed will be aired in the afternoon round table

1.15 pm Keynote: Sources for House History
Author, broadcaster and historian Dr Nick Barratt discusses the key records for tracing the history of a house

Followed by: In Conversation: Tracing the history of your house
Dr Nick Barratt, and house historian, author and genealogist Keith Searle delve into sources and discuss practical house history research experiences

2.15 pm Refreshment break
Online chat with the #HouseHistoryHour team
House history questions welcome. Topics discussed will be aired in the afternoon round table

2.30 pm London: Building StoreysOn Saturday 15 May at 2.30 pm heritage consultant and house historian Ellen Leslie will present ‘London: Building Storeys’ in which she will look at the growth of London, the kinds of architecture you can find there with London-specific research tips

3 pm Don’t judge a house by its plaque
Accredited genealogist and house historian Cathy Soughton explains how to dig deeper to get the most from historical records

3.30 pm Afternoon tea break
Online chat with the #HouseHistoryHour team
House history questions welcome. Topics discussed will be aired in the afternoon round table

3.45 pm Plenary Q&A: a round table conversation
Gathering together topics from the day’s participant chat sessions, the #HouseHistoryHour team will also discuss wider house history sources, techniques and suggestions, hosted by Helen Tovey

4.30. Closing Thoughts


Summer Lecture Series Programme

Thursday evenings, 6.30-7.30 pm
20 May, 27 May, 3 June, 10 June
Tickets for the four lecture below can be bought individually (£10 each), or purchased as a bundle price for all four (£25).

If you have bought a £45 House History Show ticket, the lectures below are included in that ticket.

To buy a £25 bundle ticket, click here.

20 May, 6.30pm: Back to the Land: The National Farm Survey, Inland Revenue Survey, Tithe and Enclosure Records
With historical researcher, author and house historian Gill Blanchard. Book now for £10

27 May, 6.30 pm: Who's Been Living in My House?
With heritage consultant and house historian Ellen Leslie. Book now for £10

3 June, 6.30 pm: A Virtual View: Online Sources
With accredited genealogist and house historian Cathy Soughton & buildings historian and heritage research consultant Karen Averby. Book now for £10

10 June, 6.30 pm: The Interwar House: From Tenant to Home Owner
With A House Through Time on-screen expert, house historian Prof Deborah Sugg Ryan. Book now for £10


Ticket options

For an overview summary of the ticket options available, click here.


Speaker profiles

To view the speaker profiles, click here.

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