Secret Lives

Post Secret Lives rundown by Katy Barbier-Greenland

I worked as one of three event techs at the Secret Lives history conference recently in Leicester, UK. What an experience….exhausting! Fascinating! Fun!

A great range of talks and some wonderful people. Some talks by amazing public figures like Emily Brand, Nick Barratt and Janina Ramirez, all of whom were absolutely captivating speakers when they shared their slice of history.

I also had some really insightful conversations with people there about their own experiences in searching for or discovering intriguing stories about their own families or those of others in their work as genealogists. All in all a great experience, although I’m definitely not giving up my day job as a freelance writer slash PhD student to become a technical person (of any kind) anytime soon…..

Secret Lives conference by Katy Barbier-Greenland

In August this year, I'll be attending and working as an event tech at the Secret Lives - Hidden Voices of our Ancestors conference in Leicestershire in the UK. This conference focuses on family history and is a collaboration between four organisations: The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), The Guild of One Name Studies, the Halsted Trust and the Society of Genealogists.

Speakers are mainly family historians and researchers, and will be sharing their work on those 'ghosts from the past' whose lives and experiences are often overlooked. Topics and themes include women, witchcraft, marriage, poverty, prostitution, children, crime, divorce, espionage, migration and lunatics...and of course I'll share the highlights on my webpage