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Hinckley and District Museum
Greg Drozdz 01455 440103

Yanks for the Memory

 

The American invasion of Hinckley and Burbage in 1944 – how the jitterbug and chewing gum hit the streets of Hinckley. Includes details about family ties forged in the crucible of war and commemorations to mark those ties.
Hinckley and District Museum
Greg Drozdz 01455 440103

Charlotte who?

 

The rags to riches story of the daughter of a Hinckley shopkeeper’s assistant who became a prolific romantic novelist in Victorian England. All is not what it seems in this story of triumph in adversity.
Hinckley and District Museum
Greg Drozdz 01455 440103

Put that light out – Hinckley in the Second World War

 

What did you do in the war? How Hinckley fared during the dark days of war. Includes the bombing of Merevale Avenue, Hinckley’s Dads Army, lucky escapes from enemy fire, rationing and how we kept calm and carried on.
Hinckley and District Museum
Greg Drozdz 01455 440103

Tin Hat and Tales

 

The legend of Hinckley’s tin hat and other curious tales and anecdotes from bygone Hinckley. An introduction to the “characters” of Hinckley such a “Kruger”, “Dobber” and “Bindy”.
Hinckley and District Museum
Greg Drozdz 01455 440103

From dodging bombs to dropping bombs

 

How the story of the flight of a refugee from Nazi persecution in Poland and the subsequent fight against the enemy came to light, as told by his son. A voyage of discovery in which previously held notions are challenged in the light of personal testimony.
Hinckley and District Museum
Greg Drozdz 01455 440103

Where is Uncle Jack sleeping tonight?

 

How a chance inheritance of an old letter and battered photograph led to a detective story following the footsteps of Private Jack Cassell, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, during the First World War. From Hinckley to Flanders fields and back, with a surprise ending.
Hinckley and District Museum
Greg Drozdz 01455 440103

Lest we forget

 

The story of the annual Poppy Appeal and how the idea came from America, in the first instance.
Swannington Heritage Trust
swanningtonresearch@gmail.com 

Swannington Before The War

Based on the 1911 census this presentation gives a fascinating insight into the boundaries, buildings, occupations and people of Swannington in the years before WWI.
Swannington Heritage Trust
swanningtonresearch@gmail.com 

Swannington’s Industrial History

A chronological journey through the development of Swannington’s industries such as coal mining, milling, agriculture, tanning, tramways and railways; ending with an overview of their transformation into modern day nature reserves.
Swannington Heritage Trust
swanningtonresearch@gmail.com 

Leicestershire’s Industrialists – Their Non Industrial Legacy

Leicestershire’s industrialists did more than just make things and money; their contributions to society included art galleries, country parks, paintings, schools and almshouses.
Swannington Heritage Trust
swanningtonresearch@gmail.com 

Cardiff and Leicester

 

Two cities that have been influenced by Celts, Romans, Vikings, rivers, canals, railways, coal, industries, churches and sports teams. Two cities so similar, yet so different.
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