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The People of the the Dowty Group: Insights from the Archive: Ally McConnell: Online

13 October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Talk

Using the recently catalogued Dowty archive (D8347), the Dowty Heritage website and Sir George Dowty’s autobiography, the Dowty project archivist Ally McConnell will take you on a short journey through the history of the Dowty Group between 1931 and the present day. The Group started in the aviation industry but ended up with lots of companies and lots of specialties – including spectacles for chickens, as well as more useful things like mining equipment, agricultural hydraulic equipment, electronics and, later, information technology.

A family history slant to this general history of the Dowty Group will look at who is represented in the archive, where the main Dowty sites were and what records have survived for them, and how you can get involved too if you or any of your family ever had any links to the Group. There is an oral history slant to this project so if you wish to be interviewed or know of anyone who might, please have a look at www.dowtyheritage.org.uk to see some other examples.

The Speaker

Ally McConnell was the cataloguing archivist for this 2 year project  funded as part of “For the Record”. She was assisted on the project by  10 volunteers.

Online Event

This is an online event. Any member who has a computer, tablet or smart phone, will be able to join in using Zoom via a link that we will send you. You will not need a Zoom account. You can see some background on Zoom meetings.

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13 October
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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GFHS: On Line Event