In Pictures: Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 (and 2016’s show dates)

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 in pictures – plus confirmation on the WDYTYA? Live 2016 show dates.

Now that I’m safely home and recovering in a bath of tea from this year’s superb 3 day Who Do You Think You Are? Live show, I thought i’d share my photos.

But before I do, there’s been some initial confusion over the 2016 show dates. Chris Paton (from The British GENES blog) picks up the case, and Else Churchill from The Society of Genealogists confirmed 2016’s show dates, again at the NEC:

Else explains that the plans changed over the weekend – presumably based on the success of the show rather than a guesstimate of its success, given that it had also moved home.

UPDATE: The Who Do You Think You Are? Live team have also now confirmed the dates:

You can read the full Twitter conversation here.

Right, on to those photos!

In Pictures: Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

In Pictures: Photographs from the 2014 3-day Who Do You Think You Are? Live show at London’s Olympia.

GALLERY: The abandoned Aldwych tube station

Photos from a tour around the abandoned Aldwych underground station, London.

On a slight tangent away from my usual blog post topic, I wanted to share with you the photos from the excellent tour that I went on this evening with 39 others, at the abandoned Aldwych Station in London.

Aldwych underground sign
Aldwych underground sign

Expertly led by a group of volunteers, 40 of us queued to get inside one of London’s lost destinations – Aldwych Station (although for a while, it was The Strand).

In a 55 minute tour (all sold out now!), a group of volunteers explained the development and demise of the station – how it was almost not built at all, how it very quickly became apparent that it was not feasible to complete, and how the station’s lifts caused it to finally close in 1994.

London Transport Museum‘s tour was fascinating – we walked three platforms, incomplete tunnels, stared at period posters (we were assured that they were copies rather than the real Edwardian posters), learnt about the ghost that is believed to date from the station’s predecessor The Strand Theatre (a topic that TV’s Most Haunted tried to explore).

Here’s the gallery – simply click a photo to go large (and instigate the slideshow).

In Pictures: Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Day 2013 this weekend – check out my photo gallery of 14 of my ancestral fathers.

It’s Father’s Day here in the UK this Sunday, so in the same way that I marked Mother’s Day with a photo gallery, I thought that I would do the same for my paternal and maternal fathers.

Interestingly, there are fewer photographs of my male ancestors. This will of course be down to one or two instances where illegitimacy leaves them absent, but maybe the luxury of late-19th and early-20th century meant photography was only afforded for their wives?

Paternal Fathers

Maternal Fathers

Happy Father’s Day!