28th February 2019

From tough fishing towns to lacy night gowns: the life of Ginette Dixon

Our story starts with Giovanni Rossi, a lad like any other, growing up in the north-east of England. Employment opportunities at this time favoured those who […]
25th February 2019

Fine clothing hiding a secret: the life of Raoul Richards

“He must have spent it all!” “He knew how to live!” These words were offered up by cousins when learning of the death of Raoul Richards, […]
23rd February 2019

The longest day of my life

Today, is Saturday. But as I write this, it’s the end of the longest Friday of my life. The Friday which has reminded me/taught me so […]
22nd February 2019

Estrangements and taboo arrangements: the life of Hilary Nott

Alistair died in challenging circumstances a year or two ago. A life that had not been easy from the beginning had come to a tragic end […]
21st February 2019

From bench to slab: the life of Jim Booth

Life did not begin easy for Jim. Technically he wasn’t a Leicester man at all; he was from the north-east. The kids took the mickey out […]
18th February 2019

LGBT History Month: An introduction

Amidst all the preparation and business we have going on here at FWL, for the next couple of weeks, we’ve prepared some great stories to share […]
15th February 2019

Rootstech – We’re going! (again)

RootsTech – I’ve been attending for four years now! How is that even possible? I have to confess, in Year One (back in 2016), I had […]
12th February 2019

Tips and tricks: The do’s and don’ts of family history research

To know one’s family is to know one’s own, as the saying goes. For some, immediate family may be enough, but for others, it may be […]
11th February 2019

The benefits of learning about your family history

You may have been reading our previous blogs for national storytelling week and hopefully, the stories we told have inspired you to learn about your own […]