OUR PLANNED MEETINGS FOR 2021
For the forseeable future, all Anglo Scots branch meetings will be held online via Zoom. If national restrictions are eased, please check on this page for more information.
Alan Crosby recently talked to us about 'Crossing the Solway' and this talk continues the story. The story takes us to Liverpool which, like Manchester, was a popular destination for Scots and especially the younger educated sons who were financed or encouraged by their fathers to make their own way in the world. These were people who changed Liverpool for the better, and the changes they made improved lives all over the country and beyond. Alan will telll us something about the most infulential of these Scots.
Traditionally, our May meeting has been a very local affair, where members can bring details of their ancestral brickwalls and share them, in the hope of finding a breakthrough. Whilst all meetings are online for the foreseeable future, our arrangements will be slightly different this year. Members will be invited to describe their brickwalls in advance so that we can arrange to share documents online via Zoom, if necessary, and generally manage the meeting a little differently. More details nearer the time.
The author Alexander McCall Smith initiated the idea of creating a tapestry that would cover 12,000 years of Scottish history. Creation of this tapestry – twice as long as the Bayeux Tapestry – involved numerous embroidery groups across the length and breadth of Scotland and over a thousand volunteers of all ages, the panels taking on average 500 hours of work each to complete. Sue Whitaker worked on Panel 116 and will talk about the creation and stitching of the tapestry, supported with photographs, and also the complexity of managing and volunteering in such a large project. This talk will appeal to many of us, from historians and project managers to artists and embroiderers. Booking will be essential so please check the Eventbrite link for booking details.
Irene O’Brien will bring to life for us the extensive holdings of the library and how they can help us with our family and regional research. The library building also has an interesting history, being named Stephen Mitchell, a wealthy tobacco producer. The library's earliest collection was originally gifted to the University of Glasgow in 1874 by the Glasgow philanthropist William Euing; the foundation stone of the new buildings was laid by Andrew Carnegie in 1907 and the building was opened by Lord Rosebery in 1911. The statue “Literature” on the dome was the work of Thomas Clapperton and the architectural competition for the build was won by William B Whitie. Now we look forward to hearing from Irene O’Brien about the library’s holdings of over one million volumes!
This year we trust, not only that July will bring us the ideal weather for a stroll around Manchester, but that restrictions have eased. This year we will join Jonathan Schofield for a walking tour that takes in the Free Trade Hall, the Midland Hotel and the Refuge Building. These are three iconic buildings, full of architectural and social history interest, and a walk that should suit everyone. We shall meet in St Peter's Square, in front of the library, assuming that events such as these are able to take place safely.
Light and airy, purpose built for meetings and events, and ample room to spread out the seating to comply with any restrictions that might be in place when meetings resume. All meeting rooms at Manchester Central Library are easily accessible.
The recently refurbished Manchester Central Library is our usual venue for our monthly meetings. Situated in the cultural heart of Manchester, the Metrolink station is at the front of the building and is the central part of a public transport system supporting the city and its outlying districts.
In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Other local events and the availability of speakers may cause a change of date.
Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will, of course, be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. It remains possible that our calendar of events might be rescheduled.
Booking on Eventbrite is essential for meetings with invited speakers. Please follow us here, on Eventbrite and on social media to confirm dates and, for most meetings, check when booking opens on Eventbrite.
*Booking costs for non-members are generally fixed at £3. If a meeting includes additional costs (such as admission fees to another venue) these will be payable by all attendees and not refundable.
Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and advice) In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December; usually these meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Scottish heritage.
These are our next planned meetings. We hope we can hold them on the dates stated but, where possible, we have reserved alternative dates should the need arise. Booking on Eventbrite is essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so follow us on this page, on our social media and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. Until then – stay safe and keep well!
Our branch Annual Meeting will be held first, after which the chairman will introduce Chris Paton.
This talk is sure to be popular because of the frequency of movement of people between Ireland and Scotland over the centuries, and we are certain to get some ideas about tracing any missing ancestors in our trees. Whether we look at our trees from a Scottish or an Irish 'starting point', there will be much to interest us as Chris Paton is able to draw on his considerable experience of tracing his own family, which will add detail and interest to his talk.