COACH TRIPS FOR 2017
We had a very successful trip to Who Do You Think You Are? Live show this April at Birmingham NEC with WFHS members joined by their families and U3A members from around Wiltshire: we hope our remaining trips are as popular and useful as this day!
Saturday June 3 2017 - a further visit to The National Archives (TNA) at Kew.
TNA holds a wealth of historic documents collected from government sources over the centuries which are of great interest to family historians. These include military records, legal records (including divorce cases and criminal records), transport and taxation. TNA's Discovery catalogue lists their holdings (see www.nationalarchives.gov.uk)
If you wish to look at original records, you must hold a reader's ticket - see their website for details of obtaining one.
However an increasing number of TNA's documents have been digitised. Yes you can see them for a fee at home, but at TNA you can view them for free - including the 1939 Register.
Unfortunately the microfilm collection of parish records maintained by the London Family Search Centre (the new name for the London base of the Church of Latter Day Saints) currently housed at TNA is closing at the end of May 2017. However TNA Kew will continue to house the LDS's London Family History Centre, with the major geneaological websites free to use there. LDS is turning to producing digital records, some available at home, but others only available at their centres, including at TNA. The digital films are marked in LDS's catalogue with a camera image. - see their blog londonfamilyhistory.org/news-concerning-the-london-familysearch-centre/ for updated information
If you would like to join us but friends or family aren't into family history research, there are other museums in the area, as well as Kew Gardens which they can visit - or travel up to London by tube or train for the day.
Ticket price: £21 per person
Saturday Oct 7 2017 - Imperial War Museum, Lambeth
An opportunity to visit the museum and its displays and information, particularly during this period commemorating the Great War. see www.iwm.org.uk
IWM is close by Elephant and Castle tube station, so those not wanting to visit here can easily access central London. Other venues close by: The Garden Museum, Tate Britain
Ticket price: £22.50 per person
Pick up points and times for all trips: Westbury (6.30am), Devizes (7.00am) , Chippenham (7.30am) and Swindon (8.00am) . A 15 minute comfort break will be provided if required on the outward journey.
For further information about any aspect of the coach trips, and booking , please contact either
Refund Policy. The Society's policy on refunds for coach trips is that a refund will only be made when:
The Society and/or the coach company is unable, for whatever reason, to run the advertised visit.
The person is unable to take part in the visit due entirely to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control e.g., their own indisposition or that of any immediate members of their family through death, sickness, ill-health, hospitalisation, or similar circumstance.
In the event that neither of the above circumstances apply, a refund will only be considered if the resulting vacant seat or seats can be resold by the Society without any financial loss being incurred by the Society.
The Executive Committee appointed Jenny Pope, Coach Organiser, to act as its arbiter in any dispute concerning a refund under the above policy.