Tracing the Past: Histories of People and Places

Explore the lineage of people and places in response to live-briefs.

Due to COVID-19, delivery of the programme has slightly changed and is outlined below:

Key Information
  • Research – understand the process to construct family trees
  • Open to Anyone – relevant to History students, but open to all
  • Collaborate – work in teams to present your findings
  • Commitment … Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th May and Thursday 4th June, and flexible delivery of project work through to the end of June.
Detailed Information

You will understand better the processes of using records to construct family trees as an investigative process. You will work remotely under the supervision of Manchester Met academic Michala Hulme, award-winning historian and professional genealogist, presenter of the Ancestry and Behind the Headlines of History podcasts and regular contributor to the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are series.

You will begin with some basic training on the tools and processes involved in effective genealogy research – these will take place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 May. You will then be split into small teams in order to respond to a particular research brief – this might involve researching the ‘family tree’ of a particular notable building, place, or person. You will have until 19 June to complete your research and prepare it for presentation as part of a showcase day. As part of the process, you will also spend time at the archive at Manchester Central Library, and undertake a day visit to the Liverpool Central Record Office on Thursday 4 June (a travel stipend of £30 will be given to you to enable you to get to and from this visit).

This Third Term activity may appeal particularly to students with an interest in History, however it is open to any student in the university. Through it you will not only learn some of the key processes in constructing a family tree, but also a number of transferable skills focused around systematic investigation, pursuing lines of evidence, and working to external briefs.