The move to an earlier date has prompted a lot of criticism from many FHSs and suppliers who believe that the May bank holiday helps to bring the crowds in, and there are fears that an earlier event may have a diminished attendance. I also know personally of one unhappy publisher who has had to bring forward a book deadline by two months because of this, and one of the major Scottish institutions has already told me that they are unlikely to attend, as the funding for their participation would fall into the same business year as the last event. There has also been criticism from some that the event is always based in London - certainly there was only one Scottish family history society present, though ironically, they came all the way from Shetland!
In the event's defence, it still remains the premiere event for genealogists, and combined with the archaeology and history shows will, in my opinion, will certainly be worth the effort for the humble consumer in attendance. It remains to be seen whether the rescheduling move has any negative impact on the turnout, however - both for the public and the vendors!
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