Families In British India Society Conference September 2021

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Mercure Oxford Hawkwell House Hotel

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Iffley

OX4 4DZ

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FIBIS Residential Conference, Oxford Fri 24 - Sun 26 Sept 2021 Social & educational weekend : lectures, research support and good company

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FIBIS Conference 2021 at the Mercure Hawkwell House Hotel in Iffley, Oxford OX4 4DZ

The conference runs from 13.00 on Friday 24 September, until 13.00 on Sunday 26 September.

Delegates have access to all lectures and in addition we are planning some smaller-scale activities, details to be published nearer the date.

Booking options include overnight and day attendance, across the weekend.

AFTER 3 SEPTEMBER 2021

PLEASE CONTACT FIBIS TREASURER:

treasurer@fibis.org

BOOKING OPTIONS - DESCRIPTION AND RATES

Rates shown are for FIBIS member / non-member

BOOKING OPTIONS are listed in the following order:

NON RETURNABLE DEPOSIT

PAY BALANCE - for the range of options listed below

FULL COST for the range of options listed below

DAY DELEGATES (Day attendance only - no accommodation)

Please scroll down the list to select the option you require.

Please read our cancellation policy for details of cancellation and refund conditions.

NON RETURNABLE DEPOSIT PER PERSON

No longer on sale.

PAY BALANCE

No longer on sale.

OPTIONS WITH OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

FULL CONFERENCE - FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY

DETAILS

Price per person includes afternoon refreshments and dinner on Friday, accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast, morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon refreshments on Saturday, Gala Dinner on Saturday evening, breakfast and morning refreshments on Sunday morning; as well as all lectures and workshops held on Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.

COST PER PERSON

SINGLE £345 member / £365 non member

TWIN / DOUBLE £245 member / £265 non-member

Twin/double room: Please complete one booking form for each person sharing the room and state if you require twin or double.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY ATTENDANCE

DETAILS

Price per person includes afternoon refreshments and dinner on Friday, accommodation on Friday night, breakfast and morning refreshments on Saturday morning; lunch, afternoon refreshments on Saturday; as well as all lectures and workshops held on Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday.

COST PER PERSON

SINGLE £195 member / £215 non-member

TWIN / DOUBLE £150 member / £170 non-member

Twin/double room: Please complete one booking form for each person sharing the room and state if you require twin or double.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY ATTENDANCE

DETAILS

Price per person includes morning refreshments, lunch, afternoon refreshments and Gala Dinner on Saturday, accommodation on Saturday night, breakfast and morning refreshments on Sunday morning; as well as all lectures and workshops held all day on Saturday and Sunday morning.

COST PER PERSON

SINGLE £195 member / £215 non-member

TWIN / DOUBLE £150 member / £170 non-member

Twin / double room: Please complete one booking form for each person sharing the room and state if you require twin or double.

DAY DELEGATE OPTIONS : no accommodation

FRIDAY AFTERNOON ATTENDANCE

DETAILS

Price per person is for Friday afternoon and includes refreshments on arrival and during the afternoon; and all lectures and workshops.

COST PER PERSON

£25 member / £30 non-member

SATURDAY ONLY ATTENDANCE

DETAILS

Price per person includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon refreshments as well as all lectures and workshops on the day.

COST PER PERSON

£45 member / £50 non-member

SUNDAY MORNING ATTENDANCE

DETAILS

Price per person is for Sunday morning and includes tea or coffee on arrival, refreshments during the morning; and access to all the lectures and workshops.

COST PER PERSON

£25 member/ £30 non-member

FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY ATTENDANCE

DETAILS

Price per person includes refreshments on arrival and during the afternoon on Friday, refreshments on arrival, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon refreshments on Saturday, refreshments on arrival and morning coffee on Sunday; as well as all lectures and workshops on all three days.

COST PER PERSON

£85 member / £105 non-member

Details of the venue, the programme and speakers can also be found on the FIBIS website, www.fibis.org.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ

CANCELLATION AND REFUND CONDITIONS

Non-refundable Deposit or amount paid will be repaid in full if FIBIS should cancel the Conference.

Otherwise, the cancellation policy depends on when the notice of cancellation is received.

On or before 11 July 2021: For cancellation notices/refund requests submitted by midnight 11 July 2021 there will be a full refund of all registration fees and all additional charges, less a £50 administration fee.

Between 12 July and 16 August 2021: there will be a 50% refund less £50 administration fee.

After 16 August 2021 there will be no refund made.

You will understand that we have incurred obligations to others based upon your registration, so please ensure that you have adequate holiday/travel insurance to cover the eventuality that you may have to cancel for any reason.

There will be no exceptions to the cancellation/refund policy.


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Speakers at the FIBIS Conference

Patrick Scully

Welcome address

FIBIS Chairman Pat Scully will open and close the event, and welcome visitors each day. Now that he has retired, Pat has finally found the time to pursue his family history research: India and his birthplace in Amritsar shortly after Partition, and Burma, where he also lived. Pat is fascinated by all things Burmese.

Jan Leeming

After-dinner speaker interviews

Jan Leeming’s family ties to India date back to the 18th century and at our last conference she entertained us with recollections of recent visits and involvement with the ‘Real Marigold Hotel’. Her career encompasses news-reading, acting, reality shows, documentaries, presenting, voice-overs, writing, and music events across the world. She also actively supports various charities in Britain and is a Freeman of the City of London. For this event Jan will use her interview skills to move the focus from the subject to the speaker.

Margot Finn

The East India Company at Home Research Project: Collaboration and Co-Production

Margot Finn co-managed an ambitious research project to examine effects and influences brought back to England by some of those who travelled the East with the East India Company among others. Contributors included many independent researchers and also the National Trust. The resulting conference produced a fascinating closer look at some famous, and some less famous, English homes and experiences, at correspondence, even at shopping! Margot is currently Professor at University College London, specialising in topics relating to British colonial and imperial history.

Tom Harper

Introducing the India Office Maps Collection of the British Library

Tom Harper, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, is the British Library’s lead curator of antiquarian mapping, co-curated the exhibitions Magnificent Maps (2010), and Lines in the ice: seeking the Northwest Passage (2014), and led the 2016-17 exhibition Maps & the 20th Century: Drawing the Line. His talk introduces us to the India Office collection, comparing it to contemporary collections, examining the maps’ uses originally by the administration and now by researchers, and looking at future possible uses for the material.

Richard Morgan

The Dutch East Indies

Richard Morgan was a FIBIS trustee for many years and is a regular adviser at FIBIS events. From his own extensive research he has produced three FIBIS publications, including the research guide on shipping in Indian waters. He has also contributed articles for the FIBIS and BACSA journals and Family Tree Magazine, and edited Diary of a Cavalry Officer. Many of us wonder or speculate about other East India Companies; Richard will speak about the Dutch East India Company. He will also run the open forum/panel session that opens the conference and offer individual research guidance.

Sue Paul

A Most Notorious, Naughty, False, Lying Fellow: A Global Black Sheep or Maligned Character? Two views of Henry Smith. Which would you include in your family history?

Now retired after many years in IT project management, experienced family historian Sue ‘discovered’ Captain Thomas Bowrey whilst researching her own one-name study, sparking her own interest in the East Indies. She is a founder member of an active writing group and speaks to family history and other groups on several subjects.

Harry Smee

Gunpowder and Glory: something of the life and achievements of Frank Brock

Harry Smee is an engaging speaker who will tell us something of the many careers of Frank Brock, a man of exceptional ability, with a brilliant mind, quick to analyse and solve problems. Frank was born into a family involved in fireworks and designing spectacular displays, guaranteed to impress the crowds attending official events, such as the 1911 Coronation Durbar display. One talk is not enough to do justice to the breadth of the man’s achievements.

Hedley Sutton

Plain Tales from the Archive

A skilled and knowledgeable historian first and foremost, and presently the Enquiries Team Manager at the Asian and African Studies reading room at the British Library, Hedley Sutton has helped many of us to access and find our way around the records on site. He regularly helps enquirers world-wide on a wide range of family history questions. He also contributes occasionally to the British Library’s blog Untold Lives. He has kindly supported our previous conferences, with specialist talks and with individual research support.

Mike Tickner

Sustain to Victory

Mike Tickner’s research on the Indian Army, particularly the Burma campaign and the final years before independence, supports his regular talks to military groups, museums and civilian clubs and he has also led battlefield tours to the Far East. His talk lays bare the severe challenges involved in re-supplying the 14th Army in Burma and describes how these were eventually overcome.

Christian Wolmar

Railways and the Raj: How the Age of Steam Transformed India

Christian Wolmar’s many achievements include award-winning writer, journalist, broadcaster, transport historian and political campaigner. Railways and the Raj, published 2017, tells the epic story of the British construction of railways in India and reveals the full story, from their very beginnings to the present, examining the chequered role they have played in Indian history and the creation of today’s modern state.

Omar Khan

"Paper Jewels", postcards from the Raj

Omar Khan grew up in Vienna, Austria and Islamabad, Pakistan and is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Columbia and Stanford universities. He has researched early photography and ephemera of the subcontinent for over thirty years and is an avid historian. Since Omar currently lives in San Francisco he will be joining us via Zoom to share some examples from his own extensive collection of "paper jewels".

Rosie Llewellyn-Jones

British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia

Trustee of BACSA (The British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia; journal editor of"Chowkidar"; lecturer and latterly guest lecturer and specialist tour guide for Indus Experiences travel, Rosie Llewellyn-Jones wears many hats and can boast a lifetime of involvement in India-related matters. She will tell us something of the background and current activities of BACSA.

Geraldine Charles

Walk on the (slightly) Wild Side

Mayflies and Neverland

As a founder member of FIBIS, Geraldine has been involved at every stage of its development. A researcher and archivist herself, her current role is to liaise with other archives. She also enjoys speaking to family history groups and sharing her enthusiasm for researching and preserving family history. She offers two short talks with the intriguing titles, "Walk on the (slightly) wild side" and "Mayflies and Neverland" which will strike a chord with all of her audience.

Noel Gunther

Support tutorial on ancestors with the railways in India

Noel has been a keen supporter of FIBIS for many years, supporting the research team by carrying out individual research for many FIBIS members, attending family history fairs and open lecture meetings. He recently ran a very successful Zoom session outlining some of the research resources available for those who want to discover more about ancestors involved in the railways in India. He will run a workshop at the conference that builds on that introduction.

FIBIS Conference Activities

Discussion groups

Panel session

Delegates’ questions put to our panel

Special interest Groups

Small, informal discussion run by delegates

1:1 Expert Advice

Individual help and surgery sessions

1:1 Online Search help

On-site access to major providers

Displays

Reference area

Independent viewing

Photographs

Add to our FIBIS gallery

Maps

Indicate your area of interest

Research Materials

Case studies; further sources

Books

Sale of FIBIS & speakers’ books

Authors’ book-signing sessions

Workshops small groups

FIBIS experts offer help on *

FIBIS Website

Navigating the site

Using or adding to the WIKI or Gallery

Using the FIBIS members’ area

Research

Identifying sources and working round a brick wall

Railway topics

* Subject to delegate interest and expert availability

Prize draw, Raffle, Quiz, Competitions

Prizes to be presented at the Saturday night dinner


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Date and time

Location

Mercure Oxford Hawkwell House Hotel

Church Way

Iffley

OX4 4DZ

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Organiser Families in British India Society

Organiser of Families In British India Society Conference September 2021

About

The Families In British India Society (FIBIS) is charity devoted to members with an interest in researching their ancestors and the background against which they led their lives in ‘British India’.

The Society was formed in November 1998 to provide a resource for people researching families and their social history in India from 1600 up to, and even after, Indian Independence in 1947.

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