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|  Great-uncle George Dalziel |


            he 19th century was a great      started to search for the names and
            time of change and upheaval in   dates of his ancestors, but he wasn’t
       Tcommerce and industry, and one       expecting what came next! When
       of those industries which changed     he fi rst came across the unusual
       drastically was the printing industry.   surname Dalziel it was just another
       By the mid-19th century the mass      name to add to the list, but on further
       media was a burgeoning market and     exploration a different story revealed
       as people became more literate so     itself, one which was rich in social
       did their sensational appetite for    and art history but ultimately told
       more reading materials, such as       an everyday human interest story of
       books, newspapers and ephemera.       life, home and family in 19th century
         One company that capitalised on     Britain.
       this growing commercial industry was     On Friday 24 November Douglas
       The Camden Press, commonly known      will give a talk on the Dalziel Brothers
       as The Brothers Dalziel. The brothers   at St Bride Institute, starting at 7.00
       originated from Northumberland        p.m. It will be a very rich and detailed
       and came from a very large family of   talk about his research into the
       eight brothers and four sisters. In the   family and their work throughout the
       second quarter of the 19th century    60 years that they ran the Camden
       the family moved from Newcastle to    Press. It is a culmination of 11 years’
       London to set up their own engraving   worth of research and like any good
       workshop, The Camden Press.           story there is always a prequel. So to
         They were certainly not the only    enliven the Dalziel story he unlocked
       engraving fi rm at this time, but it is   the door and brushed off the dust and
       the wealth of information and the     immersed himself in the archives. He
       abundance of archival material they   started to look at the Dalziel family
       left behind that today enables us to   in 19th century Northumberland and
       see the wonderful array of people     how it all began, tracing the family
       they worked with and the engraving    footsteps. By doing this Douglas
       work that the brothers undertook      started to uncover some remarkable
       during the 60 years the engraving fi rm   stories about the origins of the
       was in existence.                     Brothers Dalziel; along the way he has
         Douglas Downing is a descendant of   created some new stories, and this is
       the family. As a child he liked nothing   what he will discuss with you during
       more than looking through the old     his talk.
       family photographs and piecing
       together the family history. Thanks     Tickets £8.00 – £12.50 (online box
       to his grandparents, storytelling was   offi ce closes at 6.00 p.m. before the
       a common occurrence, and they         event; doors open 6.30 p.m.)
       often recounted stories about their
       life in east London during the Second   For more information, visit the
       World War, or going to school in      website at: http://www.sbf.org.uk/
       the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral.    events/pictures-in-the-fi re-or-great-
       It was several years later, with the   uncle-george-dalziel-discovering-a-
       internet at his fi ngertips, that Douglas   long-lost-family-history.
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