Ayr

Family Social History

Group Facilitator - Morag Gilmore-Sorensen

These are the next meetings, courtesy of Zoom, of course!

The next meeting will be on 24th September. The subject for discussion will be : "Herbal Remedies and Quack Cures". We expect to be talking about our own old family remedies.
Start time for the meeting is 2pm.

If you want to join in please contact Morag via the Envelope symbol on this page.

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RECENT MEETINGS

Thursday, 27th August.
The discussion was about "Pandemics that changed history". There were presentations by Muriel Downie and Joy Gladstone. We learnt a lot about many diseases including Plague, the influence of imported 'flu on the conquering of the Americas and HIV/AIDs which so far has killed 35 million people - and there is still not a vaccine in sight.

Thursday, 23rd July.
"Auchincruive Estate- History, Owners, Uses and Abuses"
Joy Gladstone gave us a fascinating talk about the estate.

Thursday, 25th June
Holiday Jobs.
We discussed Holiday Jobs which we had had back in the day.
Jobs were wide ranging covering shop work, farming, paper rounds, hospitals, factories, ticketing and consumer advice. There were some revelations about sexual harassment, fraud, wage rates, fashion and women's rights!

Thursday, 28th May.
Schools
The group discussed their personal experiences of their different schools, 11 Plus etc.   I was amazed at the different experiences that we had had.   Boarding School, Direct Grant, Single sex grammar schools, Comprehensive etc.etc.   But despite it all, we all turned out all right!
I think I (Muriel) won the competition for the most schools attended - Seven.  And no, it wasn't because I was expelled!!
I was amazed at how many of the group had experienced corporal punishment.  More than half of us!

Thursday, 30th April
Family Social History had their inaugural Zoom meeting. It was very successful.    The subject matter was the Ayrshire Tattie Harvest.  
It was based on an exhibition that had been planned to take place in Girvan. Instead South Ayrshire Council put the exhibition on-line and it generated lots of discussion. (If you wish to look at the website yourselves, here it is!  Ayrshire Tatties )

Thursday, 26th February
Moira Whalen entertained us with the history associated with the time her ancestor was in the Staffordshire militia, and riots in the UK.

Thursday, 3rd October at 2pm. We looked at changing social customs around Death. Much of the talk was about the Victorian Era, and the prolongued mourning periods, especially for women. We had a good collection of Mourning Cards between us, and Margaret also had a brooch including human hair which would have been worn during mourning.
It was all surprisingly interesting!

25th April, 2019. Grandparents.

7th March, 2019 SHOW AND TELL!_
An amazing collection of objects was brought along. Every group member brought something. Every object had a fascinating story to tell!

31st January, 2019 "Three Letters Home From the Western Front May 1916".
Joy Gladstone give us a fascinating presentation about her World War 1 ancestor. Harold Cheesbrough. Her family have three letters that were written by Harold during May, 1916. They give some insight into what conditions were like for the soldiers on the front line. Harold survived the Battle of the Somme, but unfortunately was killed just a couple of months before the war ended. I think we all hoped that Harold was going to be a survivor.

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