From the office: A success for WDYTYA? Live Scotland

By Jon Bauckham, 4 September 2014 - 4:09pm

After an enjoyable trip north of the border last week, staff writer Jon Bauckham is already looking forward to WDYTYA? Live's next venture in Birmingham

Dr Alan Crosby is the editor of the Local Historian and a columnist for WDYTYA? MagazineThursday 4 September 2014
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Sarah Williams and Jon Bauckham of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine (Credit: Dick Eastman)

Pictured during a rare quiet moment on the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine stand! (Credit: Dick Eastman)

Last week, I boarded a flight to Glasgow for the first ever Who Do You Think You Are? Live event outside London.

Taking place at the SECC alongside the Clyde, WDYTYA? Live Scotland promised two days packed with experts, exhibitors and enthusiastic visitors keen to get help with their research and bag some genealogy goodies.

While there had been the usual pre-show nerves and a fair share of drama over the decision to cut the event down from three days, we could not have been happier with the final result.

Manning the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine stand with our editor, Sarah, I was overwhelmed by just how busy the crowds kept us. Whereas at the regular Olympia event I like to sneak off and pretend to be a punter whenever I get a spare moment, this was simply not possible. We came close to running out of stock!

After two years in a sedentary office job, spending the day on my feet and extolling the virtues of our magazine left me feeling completely worn me out (and reminded me that I perhaps need to get on the treadmill!)

However, sticking to our stall was by no means a bad thing. On both Friday and Saturday we had the chance to meet plenty of keen readers, as well as put faces to the names of folks we had previously only seen on Facebook or on the forum.

Else Churchill of the Society of Genealogists presented to a packed-out lecture theatre

It was also satisfying to hear from local family historians who had never been treated to the WDYTYA? Live experience before. For some researchers, London is just too far south of the border to travel, and we were glad that the event opened up access to new people and enabled them to get help with smashing those pesky brick walls.

If anything, the buzz of the two days has made me even more excited for the next regular Who Do You Think You Are? Live show, which will be held at the Birmingham NEC on 16-18 April 2015. (Not Manchester, as has been reported by other news outlets!)

As with Glasgow, moving the show to a different location should hopefully allow hundreds – if not thousands – of people to attend for the very first time.

Let the countdown begin…

 

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