Thursday, 26 June 2008

New Family History event to rival WDYTYA? LIVE

For some time I have been hearing talk that the English based Family History Societies have been deeply unhappy about the high costs charged for stalls by the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event. A table at the Olympia event costs £400 plus VAT, though the FHSs do get a discount, but it is felt that this is still relatively high for many organisations constituted on a charitable basis. The high costs involved, and the moving of the date for the next event forward to February has deeply upset many people within the FHS movement, so much so that they have now decided to form their very own Rebel Alliance to do something about it!

A new event has now been organised, provisionally entitled The FH Event, booked for the first May Day bank holiday in 2009. It has its own website available, at which you can register for updates, at http://www.cabinter.net/cabs/thefhevent/index.html , and futher information can also be obtained from the organisers by calling 0844 4780410 (calls cost 5p a minute), by e-mail at mail@theFHevent.info or by post at PO Box 2420, Purley, Surrey, CR8 3DX.

This new event is not organised by the Federation of Family History Societies or any other umbrella body, it is very much a meeting of minds at the grass roots level with the emphasis on once again making it affordable for societies, though at this early stage some of these bodies have expressed an interest.

The venue has been confirmed in London, though details will not be released until final agreements are in place with the Borough Council involved. More news is expected within the next few weeks.

(Thanks to Jill at The FH Event, and to Guy Etchells at the Your Family Tree magazine forum)

Chris

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