One Day Conference and AGM May 2022

About this Event

"Wish you were here!"

Our One Day Conference this year is themed on the leisure industry of the Isle of Wight, in the period 1850 - 1914, the "Golden Age" of British seaside holidays.

More details will be posted as speakers and exhibitors are confirmed. The February Journal also gives further details of the events, location and getting there.

The May Journal (due out 1 May) will have AGM voting details and the Annual Report and Finance Report for the last accounting period. We will also reinstate the online voting process for the Committee members.

Our speakers include Tony Miles-Prouten whose ancestors were heavily involved in the provision of tourist services with a talk entitled "From pastoral tranquility to vibrant international resort – how the Proutens and Coopers helped transform Shanklin.";  and the ever-reliable Richard Smout, Heritage Services Manager of the Isle of Wight Council , whose talk is entitled “The Archives of Leisure – what sources tell us about tourism on the Isle of Wight. 1850-1914”.

Our first presentation will be on behalf of "John Hunt Cooke" who made a Tour of the Isle of Wight in 1850, recording the trip in a diary which we now hold.

Our Exhibitors will include :

Cowes Heritage and Community Group

Ryde Social Heritage Group

Friends of Newport and Carisbrooke Cemeteries

regrettably the representatives of Friends of Newport and Carisbrooke Cemeteries have had to withdraw from the event

Longley Publications - books and supplies for family historians

Hotels and Guest Houses on the Island - a mapping project - Keith Goodchild


Tickets will be available to book after 1st February.

Members (and joint members) should be logged into the website before booking tickets for themselves and any non-member guests that they are bringing (at £10 per head).

Members wishing to attend the AGM, and not the rest of the conference, may do so for free. Please book an AGM ticket.

Non-members may also book tickets at £15 per head or pay at the door, space permitting. Should you join our Society on the day we will refund £5 of your ticket cost.

Until further notice, face coverings are optional at all meetings. We also need to record your name and contact details just in case we need to revert back to test and trace. Please sign in on arrival.

Please note that the church and hall are fully DDA-compliant. There is limited parking on street, and there are two public car parks nearby. The Little London car park charges £6.50 for all day parking, but you must pay by phone or payment card - cash is no longer taken by the parking machines. let us know if you need any asssitance.

We shall be providing complimentary tea, coffee and light refreshments (biscuits). Lunch arrangements are up to the attendees; packed lunches may be taken into the hall, or there are numerous food outlets nearby.


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  • Date & Time

    7th May 2022 @ 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM
  • Hosted by

    Isle of Wight Family History Society
  • Location

    Newport Methodist Church, Quay Street, Newport PO30 5BA
  • Speaker

    "John Hunt Cooke", Richard Smout, Tony Miles-Prouten
  • Capacity