Oldham & District Branch of M&LFHS

Meetings Programme July 2017 to December 2017



July & August – No Meeting


9 September                                    Cpl Stewart Cook

Third Battle of Ypres

Third Ypres, was it just the Somme all over again? What was different?  What were its aims and objectives?

War in 1917 was changing; equipment, strategy and manpower, in this talk we will be looking at all these things.


14 October                                         David Scrimgeour

Early Asylum Life

David realised some years ago that mental asylum records have the potential to enable family historians to explore an almost untapped source of first hand information about their ancestors. His own family history research took a back seat while he explored the fascinating archived case notes of 11,500 patients admitted to the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, 1818-1869. What he found led to the publication of his first book, Proper People. Early Asylum Life in the Words of Those Who Were There. His illustrated presentation "Early Asylum Life" uses material from the archives to take the audience back in time to experience what life was really like for inmates in an early 19th century county asylum.


11 November                                    Peter Hardy

The National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum, with 30,000 trees and 320 memorials across 150 acres, is a nationally-recognised centre of remembrance. Peter Hardy, a volunteer at the Arboretum, will outline the history and development of the site and provide a visual tour of some of the memorials, explaining the symbolism and stories behind them and what they represent.

Peter has been volunteering now at the Arboretum for 9 years, meeting, assisting and guiding visitors around the site and going out to speak to groups.

December – No meeting