Snapshots of Victorian Broadway (The People of The Census Returns)

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Left to right: Eliza A. Morris, Jane Morris (née Phillips), Joseph W. Morris (back row), John Morris (front row) and Mary A. Morris. Photo c1900: Tom Morris

Following the Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Monday 15th May, Broadway History Society Committee Member, Geoff Sanders, will be giving an illustrated talk depicting the wealth of information, and the pitfalls that might be encountered when researching the seven decades of the Broadway Census Returns from 1841 to 1901.

The progression through the decades follows one prominent villager, John Morris1 (the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church) and his descendants, with explanations and interpretations of the vast amount of information available from the censuses. Geoff’s talk will illustrate how a census return can be littered with errors and ‘red herrings’. He will explain how published pages often reflect third-hand information with spoken names being written by the census enumerators rather than the householders which, combined with the local ‘Broddy’2 dialect, led to some interesting entries and interpretations.

The 2017 AGM and Geoff’s talk will be held in the Lifford Hall Parlour, Lower Green, Broadway, on Monday 15th May 2017 starting at 7pm. Refreshments will be served at the end of the AGM before Geoff’s talk which is expected to start around 7.30pm. All welcome. Non-members £3 on the door.

Broadway History Society
May 2017

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Notes:
1. John Morris (1784-1864), father of Joseph Wilson Morris (see above photo), was ordained as the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church (now Broadway United Reformed Church) in 1816. He resigned in 1825 to set up his grocery and drapery business.
2. ‘Asum’ grammar for Broadway.

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Embroidered Bodies: Textiles Exhibition at Broadway Museum & Art Gallery 5th May – 10th September 2017

Embroidered Bodies: Textiles Exhibition, BroadwayClothing tells a multitude of human stories with each embroidered stitch contributing to the tale. The Embroidered Bodies: Textile Exhibition at Broadway Museum & Art Gallery will include a selection of garments drawn from the Eastern and Western textile collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Works will include a diverse range of garments from hats to shoes, stomachers to collars, dating from as far back as the 1400s right up to the 20th century.

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, Tudor House, 65 High Street, Broadway WR12 7DP, tel. 01386 859047, is open daily Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Admission costs £5 with child and family tickets at a reduced cost. For more information about the Museum and the exhibition visit www.broadwaymuseum.org.uk.