As part of an ongoing review of this blog site and how it works, I have added two new pages and deleted one. The one that has gone, sadly, is Archives in Fiction: I have not added much to it and the idea has past its value now. In its place there are two pages to feature projects on which I am working and which, each in their different ways, illustrate how I use my concept of Radical Family History in practice. The first relates to the history of the Barnsley Cordwainers Society, the oldest surviving local Friendly Society in England, founded in March 1647/8, to which several people who shared my surname in the past once belonged and of which I am a somewhat geographically challenged member. The second relates to a project, once titled ‘Diverse Evill Disposed Persons’ (under which it featured in Public History Review Journal 18, 2011), centring on events in the ‘country’ around Cannon Hall in 1674, though covering the period from the Restoration and earlier. It illustrates a clash of cultures, classes and individuals during a period of social flux, and is, in some sense, a micro-history of what this entailed at the grass roots level of society. Both of these projects have featured on separate sites, now defunct, but the work still stands. Content will follow in due course.
Older readers may note some changes to the way this site is now organised. Check out the ‘About’ page to see a statement of how I am re-focussing what I put on line. Some pages have disappeared altogether as they were superfluous or repetitive. I debated whether or not to retain ‘Archives in Fiction’, but decided to leave it there. Although I rarely find new material for it, it has a light popularity and often prompts interest in different writers I have come across. Hopefully the clearer focus on the two related and intertwined themes of Bashforth Family History and Radical Family History will help me at least make greater sense of the various pathways down which I travel!