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Open Day 2013 - Woodstock - Sat 5 Oct

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Family History Fair - Saturday 4 October 2014

Our 2014 Family History Fair will again be held at The Marlborough School just outside Woodstock.

As usual it will run from 10am to 4pm.

This venue has a generous flat exhibition area and ample car parking. The accessibility has been appreciated, and remarked upon, by both exhibitors and visitors alike.

The Marlborough School web site

The Family History Fairy will feature the usual assortment of visiting Societies, publishers, dealers in second hand books and postcards, and the like. Our own Society's range of transcripts and search services will be available for consultation, whilst we will also be manning a beginners' helpdesk. Additionally, there will be computing demonstrations, which will give advice on such things as which genealogical software package to choose, and the use of the internet in family history.

The stands will be spread across both the Marlborough Enterprise Centre (MEC) Hall and the adjoining Sports Hall.

Admission to the Family History Fair is free, as is the on-site car park.
Light refreshments will be on sale at reasonable prices.

2013 stall-holders:

Ancestry www.ancestry.co.uk
Berkshire Family History Society   www.Berksfhs.org.uk
Bristol and Avon Family History Society   www.bafhs.org.uk
Buckinghamshire Family History Society   www.bucksfhs.org.uk
Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society   www.bucksgs.org.uk
CAB Search   www.cab-search.co.uk
Chipping Norton Museum www.chippingnortonmuseum.org.uk
Council for British Archaeology  www.archaeologyuk.org
East of London Family History Society   www.eolfhs.org.uk
Europeana 1914-1918   www.europeana1914-1918.eu
Family and Community Historical Research Society  www.fachrs.com
Family History Partnership  www.thefamilyhistorypartnership.com
Federation of Family History Societies   www.ffhs.org.uk
Gloucestershire Family History Society   www.gfhs.org.uk
GR Postcards
Guild of One Name Studies  www.one-name.org
Hampshire Genealogical Society  www.hgs-familyhistory.com
John Townsend Books  www.johntownsend.demon.co.uk
Keepsake Imagery   www.keepsakeimagery.com
Kidlington and District Historical Society   www.communigate.co.uk/oxford/kidhist
Last Chance To Read   www.lastchancetoread.com
M and P Barnes 
Moments in Time  www.momentintime.co.uk
My History   www.my-history.co.uk
Newtown Designs   www.newtowndesign.co.uk/Familytrees.html
One Stop Genealogy   www.onestopgenealogy.com 
Oxfordshire History Centre  http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/oxfordshire-history-centre
Oxfordshire Libraries  http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/libraries
Oxfordshire Registrars  http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/births-deaths-and-ceremonies
Parchment    http://www.parchmentuk.com/contact-us.html
R A Longley www.ralongleypublications.co.uk
Romany and Traveller Family History Society www.rtfhs.org.uk
Rootschat  www.rootschat.com
Shropshire Family History Society  www.sfhs.org.uk
The Eureka Partnership   www.eurekapartnership.com
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust  www.sofo.org.uk
The Western Front Association  www.westernfrontassociation.com
This Way Books  www.thiswaybooks.com
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine   www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com
Wiltshire Family History Society   www.wiltshirefhs.co.uk 

And of course Oxfordshire Family History Society, plus our computer group with access to our own extensive database and Find My Past.

How to get to the Marlborough Enterprise Centre

By Bus from Oxford

Stagecoach S3 Service between Oxford and Chipping Norton runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays.

If you take this option, get off the bus outside Blenheim Palace gates
Cross the road and head right towards the speed cameras.
Turn left just past these cameras into Cadogan Park, which turns into Princes Ride.
This is a straight road, do not turn off it.
When you reach the staggered T junction at the end of Princes Ride turn left into Flemings Road.
This is a housing estate with no "main road".
At the end of Flemings Road turn right into Shipton Road.
The MEC is about 2 minutes walk from this junction.

By Car from the North-West (A44)

It is possible to turn left in Woodstock onto Hensington Road and take the second right. After a short distance the MEC is on your left and the car park on your right just before the pedestrian crossing. However, this route involves narrow roads and unsigned turns, so we recommend that you drive through Woodstock, turn left at the A4095 roundabout and then follow the directions below.

By car from the North-East (A4260, A4095)

Turn right from the A4095 into Shipton Road (signed Hensington) and then follow as above.

By Car from the South

From the South-West (A4095) go straight ahead at the A44 roundabout.
From the South-East (A44) turn right at the A4095 roundabout.
Take the next left (Shipton Road, signed Hensington).
After a sharp right and then a sharp left followed by a speed-chicane, see the parking details below.

Open Day roadmap

On-site Car Parking


There are three car parking areas at the school:

one at the swimming pool on the right immediately before the school (on the left, after the school, coming from Woodstock)

the second as you enter the school grounds and drive towards the MEC on both sides of the road

for the third, enter the school grounds and turn left just before the MEC and then right

there is disabled parking immediately outside the MEC

Attendants will be on site to direct you to parking places.


It will be possible to get close to the hall early in the day for unloading, and at the end of the day for loading up again.
The spaces close to the MEC will be needed for disabled access during the day.
Please move your vehicles either to the main car park or to one of the spaces on the 'entrance loop' if you need access to stock during the day.
If in doubt, speak to one of the car park stewards.

Contacting the Organiser

Mrs Jenny Lee
213 Whitecross
OX13 6BW

Telephone: 01235 799374

Email: open-day@ofhs.org.uk

For the "bigger picture" of Family History events around the UK (and some beyond) look at the GENUKI diary page GENEVA.

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