Modern Records Centre, University Library, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

09:30 for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday 18th May 2013

Trades Union, Freemasonry and Friendly Society Records

Could the people within your study have been members of the Trades Union movement, Freemasonry, or a Friendly Society? Do you have any items relating to these bodies and would like to know more about them? This seminar gives a rare opportunity for you to learn why your people might have joined these organisations, what records survive, where you might find them, and of course what value they can have - all presented by experts in the field. There will also be an opportunity to see examples of the records held at the Modern Records Centre (MRC) and tour behind the scenes.


09:30 - 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and introduction by Seminar Organiser Richard Heaton
10:15 - 11:15Helen Ford (Archive Manager MRC): Trades Union Records at the Modern Records Centre
11:15 - 11:30 Comfort Break
11:30 - 12:30Diane Clements (Director of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons' Hall): Freemasons' Records
12:30 - 13:45 Finger Buffet. Behind-the-scenes tour of the MRC (limited to 15 persons), or an opportunity for members to display their own research and 'brick walls'
13:45 - 14:45Chris Coates (Librarian TUC Collection): TUC Collections
14:45 - 15:15 Tea break
15:15 - 16:15Roger Logan (The Foresters Heritage Trust): The Records of Friendly Societies
16:15 - 16:30 Wrap up and Close of Seminar

The cost of the seminar is £18.00 per person including refreshments.

Please be aware that the University charges £3.00 per day for parking (unless you are a registered disabled Blue Badge holder, in which case you can park for free.)

Applications are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists and members of the general public with an interest in the subject matter.

Information about local accommodation can be found here: Accommodation Listing

The joining instructions can be found here: Joining Instructions

To make the day more interactive, everyone is invited to bring along details of their studies for display and sharing. Pin boards will be available for your use and the seminar coordinator will liaise with you beforehand.

The closing date for applications is 4th May 2013.

To book on this seminar, you can use our online form¹ in any of three ways:

Alternatively, you can download our flyer booking form, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted to the booking secretary with a cheque.

If sending the form by post, it should be sent to: Alan Moorhouse, [Seminar Bookings], 8 Strachans Close, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL5 3EB.

Further information may be obtained by telephoning the Guild HelpDesk on 0800 011 2182, or by email from .

Disabled delegates: We would like to ensure that any disabled delegate can participate fully in this event. If you have any special requirements please telephone the Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182.

¹Please note, when booking on a seminar either by post or online, the Guild's "Distance Selling" terms and conditions.

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