15:15 - 15:35

By the middle of the 19th century half the population lived in towns. Large industrial cities were growing fastest, and dominate our view of urban life. But throughout the country many people continued to live in small towns, with long histories as markets for the surrounding agricultural areas and as centres of food processing, trades and activities such as education and entertainment.  This short talk will provide six pointers to help you find out more about your ancestors who lived in these fascinating places.

Dr Jane Howells

Jane Howells is editor of Local History News for the British Association for Local History. She is an experienced author, and a regular speaker to local and family history organisations.