Gloucestershire Family History Society Helpdesk at Nature in Art


Dates: 12th September


Location: Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, A38 Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA Tel: 01452 731422


Price: FREE





Every September, Gloucester takes part in the national Heritage Open Days scheme when many historic buildings, normally closed to the public, are opened and various tours, talks and workshops about the city are organised. Most events are free though you do need to book for some of them. Last year, our Open Days were the third most popular in the country, with nearly 140 events and locations to enjoy. Gloucester has a proud heritage and its Open Days, from 12th to 15th September this year, are an opportunity not to be missed!

During those four days this year, on Thursday 12th September, from 10am to 3pm, Gloucestershire Family History Society will be holding a Help Desk session at Nature in Art, Twigworth, when our experts will endeavour to assist visitors in developing their ancestral research. Do you know who your ancestors were? We can help you! Do you know where they came from? We have resources that cover more than just Gloucestershire. We enjoy a challenge so bring us your family information and we will try to help you extend your family tree and solve your problems.

Family history is a fascinating and absorbing hobby. It is your own personal heritage that you are researching. It is history seen through the eyes of your own ancestors. You will not only learn about your family but, along the way, you will explore villages, wander around country churches and churchyards, visit record offices, learn more about historical events and social history. It will take you to places you have never been before in the hunt for more knowledge.

You may come across unusual occupations such as cordwainers, camisters and clod hoppers. Does your surname indicate your ancestor’s trade? Are you a Smith, a Chapman or Fletcher? What did they do? Or are you a Redhead or a Tallboy? Does this describe your ancestor – did you inherit these physical attributes?

Be warned, though – genealogy is very addictive. The pleasure to be had from finding out one tiny piece of information on your family’s past is amazing. Until you try it, you won’t realise how much fun it can be – a hobby for both summer, when you visit the places your ancestors lived and worked, and for winter, when you can research in the Archives and browse the Internet looking for clues to your ancestors.

We look forward to meeting you at Nature in Art on Thursday, 12th September. Visitors to the GFHS Help Desk will have free access to the galleries and sculpture gardens. There is free parking and a café on site. Why not make a whole day of it, explore the lovely 18th century building, look at some wonderful paintings, sculptures and other artwork and find out more about your ancestors. Mark the date in your diary now and don’t forget to bring your family history notes with you when you come!