Next in our Programme of Events on Wednesday, March 26th at 7.30 pm.
A forgotten disaster: The last voyage of the Empress of Ireland
On 28 May 1914 the Empress of Ireland passenger liner set sail from Quebec in Canada for her trip across the Atlantic to Liverpool. The 1,477 people on board had no idea that most of them would not survive the voyage.
The story of the Titanic is well known, but the passenger loss of life on the Empress of Ireland was even greater. Why has this disaster been largely forgotten, and what happened in the icy waters of the St Lawrence River?
Come and find out more about this fascinating story from Janet Tall, Head of Archives at the Somerset Heritage Centre on Wednesday 26th March at 7.30 pm.
The Programme of Events 2014
These can be found under Our programme of Events by clicking here
Transcribing the Tithe Apportionments of Somerset Parishes
An update to the list of the tithe apportionments that have been finished is available under Projects - Tithe Award Details of the menu system on the left, or you can go straight to the page by clicking here. These awards are available to view at the Somerset Heritage Centre by request.
Join our transcription team!
If anyone would like to join our transcribing team by transcribing a parish of your choice that has not already been done, please contact Jenni by clicking here. There are two ways of transcribing - one at the Heritage Centre using original documents, or at home using folios sent by email. The choice is yours!
The task is not too taxing, does not need great computing skills and can be done in your own time - there is no rush to complete the job. We will give you full instructions and indeed answer any queries or try to solve any problems that you might have. If you are already a transcriber and would also like, perhaps, to do another parish, please contact Jenni by clicking here.
The Friends of Somerset Archives and the Dickinson Archive
The archive of the Dickinson family of Kingweston, is a large important collection held at the Somerset Heritage Centre.
In December 2011, volunteers from the Friends of Somerset Archives began the arduous task of flattening the thousands of documents previously contained within the hundreds of bundles. The enthusiasm of the team became very evident, enabling them to finish the flattening process 2 months earlier than expected, April 2012, when the seven volunteers divided into two groups. For a current update on the Dickinson Project either go to our Projects Menu on the left or click here to go directly to the page.
If you would like to help with either the conservation work or the indexing please contact Liz Grant at the Somerset Heritage Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Odd footnote to the Dickenson Project - The emptying of the cellar - and other oddities - click here to see more!
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