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Bexley's Hall Place hosts family history day

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 June 2012

Hall Place, Bexley

Hall Place, Bexley

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Families can learn about their history and meet TV broadcaster Michael Wood at a special fair in Bexley.

Historic Hall Place in Bourne Road is hosting The Great British Story: A People’s History which ties in with the current BBC series celebrating our nation’s history.

The Great British Story on Saturday, June 23 is organised by the BBC and Bexley Heritage Trust, and gives the public a “tool kit” to help them find out more about their own history from place names, landscapes and the origin of surnames.

Mr Wood said: “The Great British Story has revealed things which perhaps we take for granted; Britain has the most incredible variety of people, cultures and traditions.

“Having a local context to the great events of history brings them alive in a new and captivating way and I hope people will be inspired by the television programmes to continue to uncover their own place in history by visiting one of this summer’s events.”

The free event from 10am to 4pm marks BBC Two’s The Great British Story: A People’s History TV series, which will show the public how to delve into their own past and discover Bexley’s fascinating history.

Highlights include historian, and writer Mr Wood discussing The Great British Story and learning how to track down ancestors with advice from experts.

Museum of London experts will explain how they protect treasures and a photo-dating expert will help to date family photos.

There will also be advice about how to discover the history of your home using archive sources and archaeological treasures will be on display.

People can also get experts to examine any mystery finds.

n The event is open to ticket holders only. To apply visiting www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/events or call 03709 011227.

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