Aspects of West Country History at Home and Overseas from 1790-1900

Local & Family History

Residential course

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

15 August 2021 to 20 August 2021

£265 Non-residential fee, £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer week.

Looking at the local, social and economic history of the West Country, picking out a number of topics in detail.

Topics include: town and country life in the 1790s,  the after effects of the Napoleonic wars: decline of the woollen industry, migration to Canada, rural poverty in the 1830s, migration to North America in the 1830 and 40s, assisted passages to Australia and New Zealand, crime and punishment: hanging and transportation, the railways, migration to USA in the 1860s, migration to other parts of the UK, lives of the families overseas, West Country boys in the Civil War, late migration to USA and Canada. Case studies illustrating the various topics from the area to use during the sessions and books for reference. An in depth look at a parish and the records that are available will also give an insight as to what records to use when doing family or local history study.

Ideal for those with an interest in local, family and history in general.

Tutor information

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is a professional family and local historian and tutor in adult education. She runs a variety of courses in Dorset and talks to organisations all over the country. Jane is a regular speaker at the Society of Genealogists in London.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.