Kenilworth Family History Society

The Kenilworth Family History Society is a branch of the BMSGH and meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm at the Senior Citizens Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1QJ  Contact 01926 511969  Non-members welcome.


Wednesday 13 January

Richard III and DNA  – Dr Turi King of the University of Leicester, Dept of Genetics & Archaelogy was a lead researcher in the work to establish that the remains found in Leicester were indeed those of Richard II  

Wednesday 10 February

Shakespeare’s New Place: “The House Wherein I Dwell”  – Julie Crawshaw of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will speak about the excavations and research at New Place

Wednesday 9 March

Women Ambulance Drivers on the Belgian and French Front in WW1 – Paul Handford

Wednesday 13 April

ABM and members’ short talks

Wednesday 11 May

Writing Your Family History – Mike Sharpe

Wednesday 8 June

Visit to Warwick Yeomanry Museum

Wednesday 13 July

The Ecclesiastical Courts:  Sin, Sex and Probate  – Dr Colin Chapman


Wednesday 14 September

The Herbert Archive of Family and local history materials – Carolyn Ewing, a curator at Coventry’s Herbert Museum and Gallery

Wednesday 12 October

A Brief Introduction to English Heraldry – Adrian de Redman (rescheduled from 2015)

Wednesday 9 November

Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People: a Birmingham Oral History Project – Helen Lloyd

Wednesday 14 December

Members meeting and Christmas refreshments; activities to be arranged 




Wednesday, 14 January
Dr Rebecca Probert   – “A Noble Affair” – A Story of Adultery, Bigamy and Divorce in late 18th Century England.

Wednesday, 11 February
Dr Sarah Richardson –  Suffrage Stories – Warwickshire Women and the Fight to Gain the Vote.

Wednesday, 11 March
Chris Holland –  Roland’s War: the Story of a Coventry Soldier in WW1

Wednesday, 8 April
Annual Business Meeting

To be followed by

Ray Sturdy – The Real Dad’s Army

Wednesday, 13 May
Short talks by Betty Sunley, and Helen & Lesley Eldridge on Aspects of Kenilworth & The Stories of Men listed on the Leek Wootton War Memorial.

Wednesday, 10 June
Gillian White – Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth and the Kenilworth Entertainment of 1575

Wednesday, 8 July
Members to give short presentations on aspects of their family history or the processes of research. Followed by summer refreshments

AUGUST: no meeting

Wednesday, 9 September
Adrian de Redman – A Brief Introduction to English Heraldry

Wednesday, 14 October
Graham Sutherland –  A Brief History of the Warwickshire Constabulary 1840s – 2000

Wednesday, 11 November
Dahlia Harrison – Alice and the King – the Story of a WW1 Nurse

Wednesday, 9 December
Brian Stote – Readings on the theme of Christmas Traditions of the Past

 followed by Christmas refreshments



Just for reference I have retained the 2014 programme below

2014 Programme

8 January  The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and the Great War – David Baynham

12 February  Recent publications by the Coventry Women’s Research Group – Angela Atkin and Lynn Hockton

12 March   High Days of Victorian Photography:  members to bring old photographs for dating advice – Rosemary Booth

9 April   Annual Business Meeting followed by Family History Quiz (with prizes) Quizmaster: David Hall

14 May   In Pursuit of John Whittingham: 18th century Coventry Catholic Convert, Nurseryman, Diarist and “Old Fashion Farmer” – Ruth Barbour

11 June   The Chedham’s Yard Project – Speaker and topic to be confirmed

9 June   My Family and the Great War: A members’s meeting – please bring photos, diaries, letters, postcards, medals etc and share stories of your family’s involvement in WW1

No meeting in August

10 September   A Strange Time: the story of Cordelia Leigh of Stoneleigh Abbey – Sheila Woolf

8 October   Bertie’s Grand Tour: Bertie Greatheed’s 18th century Tour of Europe – Anne Langley

12 November   Coventry Museum of Road Transport:  Speaker and topic to be confirmed

10 December   Newspapers as a source for family history – Richard Ratcliffe