Not only will the Royal British Legion’s Everyman statue be at the exhibition – making its first appearance outside of London – but the show has also revealed three celebrities who are set to make an appearance during , which runs from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th April at Birmingham’s NEC.
Appearing on the first day of the event will be TV presenter, radio DJ and actor, Reggie Yates. The media personality who took part in Series 11 of the long-running family history programme – which celebrated its 100th episode last year – travelled to Africa where he uncovered information about his family’s mixed race past intertwining Ghanaian and British culture.
Impressionist, stand-up comic, actor, and writer Alastair McGowan is the second famous face to take to the stage in the celebrity theatre on Friday 17th April. McGowan’s ancestry was revealed in series four of the TV show, taking him on a fascinating journey to India. There he uncovered his Anglo-Indian heritage linked to the East India Company before finally tracing his forbears back to the early 18th Century, finding out that his family originally came from Ireland.
The third and final celebrity guest joining the impressive line-up on Saturday 18th April, will be actress Tamzin Outhwaite, star of film, theatre and TV shows including New Tricks, Eastenders and Hustle. Also appearing in Series 11, Outhwaite unearthed information via the show about her great-grandfather, who left Tuscany as a teenager and ended his days as a wealthy ice-cream parlour owner in Durham. His journey, however, saw him once interned at a prisoner of war camp during World War 2 because of his nationality before finally being released.
Sponsored by Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource, Who Do You Think You Are? Live will boast over 120 specialist exhibitors ranging from family history societies, to museums and archive associations, to companies specialising in niche research. Experts will be on hand to advise on everything from dating old photographs to explaining how to get started with searches online. Also appearing at the three-day event will be actor, author and historian Sir Tony Robinson, who will be with the Ancestry stand.
Visitors to Who Do You Think You Are? Live will also have access to a schedule of seminars throughout the three days, which will offer insight into a variety of genealogy topics including tracing European ancestors, researching Jewish ancestors, Birmingham Coroners’ Records and even the Real Peaky Blinders. The Imperial War Museum will also be exhibiting, with its Lives of the First World War Project and its new digitised log of all the personnel who fought in the conflict.
Tickets for Who Do You Think You Are? Live are available now online here or by calling 0877 8737330. Advanced single tickets are priced at £16 for adults, £26 for a two-day ticket and £33 for a three-day ticket, while children under 16 go free.
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