13:15 - 14:00

More than anything, the Industrial Revolution witnessed dramatic developments in the production and use of both natural and synthetic materials. The significance of these developments is that they enabled a huge leap to take place in the scale of human endeavour. Based on water and steam power, the new technologies created new skills as they destroyed old ones. Factory, foundry, mill and mine, each evolved a complex hierarchy, based on ownership, expertise, dexterity or danger. This lecture will focus on the working environment of your industrial ancestors and sources of information that can be obtained to develop a richer picture of their lives.

Kirsty Gray

Kirsty has almost twenty years research experience and was a founder member of both the Society for One-Place Studies and The Surname Society. She was awarded No. 1 ‘Rockstar’ Genealogist for England/Wales/Scotland and the Commonwealth (2015 and 2016) and is a well-respected genealogist across the world.

In 2002, Kirsty became a professional genealogist and now, as the MD of Family Wise Limited, she and the FWL team ‘find people and change lives’. They conduct research for private individuals, solicitors, academics and companies worldwide, as well as being one of the leading intestacy specialists or ‘Heir Hunters’ as they are now better known.