Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 goes to Birmingham


Who Do You Think You Are? Live logoBack in February, whilst at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show in London, I picked up on some quiet concerns about the 2015 show.

Some people who were working on the stands were confused that they’d not yet been given the option to book for the following year’s show.

I also noticed that attendees weren’t being sold advance tickets (like some 2014 tickets were being sold from a small ticket booth at the 2013 show).

Was the three day event ending? Was it changing venues due to the imminent demolition of Earls Court and the subsequent squeezing of available exhibition space?

The answer seems to have come today, when I received my quarterly journal from the great team at The Cambridgeshire Family History Society.

In the corner of page 20 is a small advert stating that they ‘have been advised’ that the 2015 Who Do You Think You Are? Live show at the Birmingham NEC.

The Cambridgeshire Family History Society informing readers of the WDYTYALive venue change.

The Cambridgeshire Family History Society informing readers of the WDYTYALive venue change.

Whilst the official show website doesn’t currently mention the venue change yet, I’d heard this rumour floating around social media. It’s nice to finally see it for myself in print.

In the meantime, Glasgow will be playing host to a special Who Do You Think You Are? Live show on 29-31st August.

How would this venue change affect you if you plan to attend the 2015 WDYTYA show? Birmingham is about 1.5hrs drive west for me, or 2.5hrs by train (which involves travelling 1hr south to London, then 1.5hrs back up north). I might see if i can find a better plan – curse you Dr Beeching!

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10 Responses to Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 goes to Birmingham

  1. Sue Hamer says:

    Great news for us in South Wales! Much cheaper for us to attend! Glamorgan FHS

  2. Ron ONeill says:

    I have checked with other traders and nobody has been notified of this. I was told by Brand Events that the NEC was a 90% certainty but nothing has been finalised. I would like to know the source of this apparent confirmation, or is it just supposition by the author. ?

    • Hello Ron,

      This seems to have caused a bit of a stir. The blog posts relays the information sent out by Cambridgeshire FHS to its subscribers – I was surprised to see it myself this morning when I opened my mail.

      The show’s official twitter account remains quiet on it this evening, saying only that information will be released by summer (see: https://twitter.com/WDYTYALIVE/status/460152479620292608 ) ..presumably once they’ve finished all the work needed on the Glasgow show.

      I’m kind of hoping it’s not true, as London is far easier for me to get to, but it has been there for many years, and there have been calls from a few people to make it more centrally located.

      Andrew

  3. Sue Hamer says:

    Thanks for the update from WDYTYAL tweet – I wonder when by summer means? It must be very disconcerting for anyone already organising and booking facilities for annual events, conferences for 2015 not knowing when this is to be held! Especially if the usual dates are not available. Hard work may come to nothing if the same weekend is booked as WDYTYAL?

  4. Kirsty Gray says:

    Conference dates have been changed as well as fairs…. would be good to get confirmation soon. Rumours abound….!

  5. Hi Kirsty,

    Yes, i spotted a quiet and cryptic note along those lines in a recent email.

    I guess that the WDYTYA? Live team will officially announce the 2015 show dates after (or during) their WDYTYA? Live Scotland show. Hopefully my name and photo won’t be shown to the door staff, in a ‘turn this troublemaker away’ scenario :)

  6. Ron O'Neill says:

    Who Do You Think You Are Live 2015…..The dates and venue for the 2015 show have been announced. For all those who could not attend before because it was held in London now have a chance, it’s being held at the N.E.C. Birmingham in April – Thursday, Friday & Saturday 16 – 18th April 2015.

  7. Tricia says:

    That would be great for me :) :)

  8. Kath says:

    This new venue for the show is great news. I hope to exhibit there in 2015, at a fraction of the cost of exhibiting in London which I could not justify. It is great the show is being brought to the centre of England for a change. My line is Irish Ancestry. Hope to see as many of you as possible there at the NEC Birmingham, especially if you have Irish Ancestors – I may be able to help you.

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