ESFHS Openday 2017 @ Croydon Park Hotel


7 Altyre Road, Croydon CR9 5AA


Caring for your photographs


Jacqueline Moon is the photograph conservator at The National Archives. She has an MA in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper and was recently sponsored to study a Master of Research (MRes) in Heritage Science at University College London, to better understand the yellowing and fading of black and white photographs.

In her talk Jacqueline will explain how you can identify different types of photographs, their main deterioration processes and how best to care for your own collections.


The times they are a' changing

Ian Waller


Ian is a retired genealogist with over thirty years expreience in English research and an author and speaker.

In his talk he will describe the alterations in the last 40 years of genealogical research. 

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The Joe Lyons Story__ Food for Thought


Presentation by Neville Lyons


The Lyons Teashops, the Corner Houses and, of course, the Nippy waitresses have become part of social history. But this is only part of the story…..

The power point presentation, with archival photos, stretches from 1887 to 1990’s, from the time when Joseph Lyons, a born entrepreneur, but with no previous experience of the catering industry, co-founded a company to sort out the indifferent catering at national exhibition halls of the late Victorian era. From small beginnings, the company progressed into catering for the general public and was to become the first ‘food empire’ in the world.

We shall hear about all the main activities throughout the history of the company, including those that are not so well known, such as catering for the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, for 15,000 guests at Royal Garden Parties, for management of a wartime ordnance project and the in-house development of the first ever business computer, LEO.

The talk includes amusing anecdotes and many surprises along the way.

The speaker is Neville Lyon s. There is a family relationship in that his grandfather and Sir Joseph Lyons (knighted in 1911) were first cousins. Although Neville was not personally involved with the company business, this relationship was a driving force towards the research that led to the talk.

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Hall Opens 10:00 April 22nd


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