News: genealogy and gin

I have an article out in the June issue of Family Tree Magazine, all about eighteenth century hospital records, specifically maternity records, and how to use them in genealogy research. It’s a great issue, with features on Victorian fatherhood, tracing your police ancestors, the bawdy courts, asylum handicrafts, the First World War, and more!

Yes - I am drinking a gin cocktail from a shoe!

Yes – I am drinking a gin cocktail from a shoe!

Last Wednesday I went on an incredible Gin Journey with a company called Shake, Rattle and Stir. For the princely sum of £50 we were taken on a chauffeur-driven tour of five fabulous and hard to find London bars, tasted 5 samples of artisanal gin, and drank five incredible gin cocktails, while learning all about the history and production of this wonderfully English spirit. Much of that knowledge has mysteriously faded away from mind… but I can tell you that gin is simply vodka flavoured with juniper (and other botanicals), and that a mere ten gin and tonics will be enough to prevent you getting malaria!

The ultimate gin and tonic - exclusive to the Gin Journey!

The ultimate gin and tonic – exclusive to the Gin Journey!

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Don’t forget I’ll be performing ‘The totally unorthpdox guide to museum archives’ at Museums Showoff in London tomorrow night (4th February). A robot, Indiana Jones and a magnificent beard will all be involved. I’m particularly looking forward to Nick Booth’s talk on ‘the corpse of everyone’s favourite moral philosopher: Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon’. Do come along –  it’s free, there are loads of great speakers, and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

museum showoffIts History Podcasts has syndicated my posts on Mesmerism.  It’s a great site, with many interesting and varied podcasts and blogs about all sorts of historical topics, and you can buy their magazine History is Now! as well.