Findmypast reveal what’s to come in the highly anticipated 1921 Census

Findmypast has revealed a sneak peek of the digitisation process of the 1921 Census of England and Wales, which will be officially published online on 6 January 2022.

Taken on 19 June 1921, the census paints a vivid picture of the population as it was on that one night one hundred years ago.

For two and a half years and counting, a team of hundreds of Findmypast conservators, technicians and transcribers have undertaken the invaluable task of conserving, transcribing and digitising the 1921 Census in association with The National Archives and with the help and support of the Office for National Statistics.

It is the largest project ever completed by The National Archives and Findmypast, consisting of more than 30,000 bound volumes of original documents stored on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving.

Everyone will be able to search and explore the census online, only at Findmypast, from 6 January 2022, allowing them to access the previously unseen archival material from the comfort of their homes. Users can discover more about their family’s past and learn what life was like in England and Wales a century ago.

This highly anticipated launch is likely to be the last significant census release for England and Wales in many people’s lifetime. Taken once a decade, the census remains secret for 100 years before being opened to the public. However, as the 1931 Census was destroyed in a fire at the Office for Works in 1942, and the 1941 Census was never captured owing to the outbreak of the Second World War, the 1921 Census will fill a huge gap for historians.

The 1921 Census offers more detail than any previous one taken. For the first time, individuals were asked not only about their occupations but also their place of work, employer, and were given ‘Divorced’ as an option for marital status. As well as searching for individuals, users will also have the ability to search the census by address to uncover the history of their local area or home and the stories of former occupants.

Taken between two world wars, during a period of economic turmoil and at a time when women had just won the right to vote, the 1921 Census will reveal some incredible findings about society and how it has evolved over the past 100 years.

The 1921 census will be available online, only at findmypast.co.uk, from 6th January 2022.

Read more on the highly anticipated census release here.

Beano Guinness World Record comic strip unveiled in V&A Dundee

The much-anticipated winning comic strip of the Beano Guinness World Record ’Finish the Comic Strip’ competition has been unveiled in the Thomson Learning Centre at V&A Dundee.

Prize winner ten-year-old Louise Taylor from Newport-on-Tay, across the water from V&A Dundee, watched the museum emerge at the waterfront from her bedroom window and was inspired to enter the competition.

Louise and her mum, Kathryn, visited Beano HQ at Meadowside, Dundee to work with the Beano team on the strip, which is based on her original competition entry.

 

Mike Stirling, Editorial Director of Beano Studios and Global Ambassador for Dundee said, “Louise visited us in Beano Studios and led an editorial conference where she quickly proved her winning entry was indicative of her amazing creative skills. We couldn’t believe it when Louise revealed she’d actually watched V&A Dundee grow from her own bedroom window.

“This grew into a brilliant Beano comic strip story, illustrated by Nigel Parkinson, our star artist. I hope everyone enjoys reading Louise’s story for years to come – it’s another awesome reason for folks to visit V&A Dundee.”

 

Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief at Guinness World Records, said: “As a records adjudicator and a Dundonian, I’m honoured to have worked alongside our friends at Beano to make Louise’s vision become a reality. It just goes to show the power of creative and inventive thinking, and how we should all indulge our inner artist. I can’t wait to get back to the V&A Dundee to see Louise’s mirror for myself. I’m sure it will be Officially Amazing!”

 

Visitors to V&A Dundee’s opening weekend 3D Festival in September 2018 were challenged to complete a bespoke eight-page V&A Dundee-inspired comic strip, starring beloved Beano characters including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids.

The iconic British children’s entertainment brand received almost 800 entries in the competition, in a bid to achieve the Guinness World Record title for largest ‘Finish the Comic Strip’ competition.

In the comic strip, pupils of Bash Street School were invited to the opening of V&A Dundee, where they met the museum’s architect Kengo Kuma and Director Philip Long.

The final panel challenged entrants to draw something they think should be on display in V&A Dundee. Louise’s winning comic strip designed a mirror which made anyone look like V&A Dundee’s striking exterior, with its horizontal lines and leaning walls.

The winning entry was personally chosen by Philip Long, Director of Scotland’s first design museum, from the hundreds of entries received.

The completed strip also features a guest appearance from long-time Beano fan and fashion designer Eunice Olumide MBE, who is also one of the museum’s Design Champions, modelling a unique V&A Dundee-styled dress.

 

Eunice Olumide MBE said: “I am thrilled to be featured in a Beano comic strip inspired by Louise’s amazing young imagination and now on show in Scotland’s first design museum.

“It was brilliant to meet her and hear more about how Beano and V&A Dundee have both inspired her creativity.”

 

Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “The opening of V&A Dundee was an incredible moment and we were so proud to work with Beano and everyone at DC Thomson to achieve a new Guinness World Record.

“Louise’s idea for mirrors which turn people into the shape of V&A Dundee was the clear winner. It perfectly fits the humour and mischief of Beano, and it’s very fitting that a new Beano comic strip inspired by her design idea is now on display in our museum.”

 

The finished comic strip is now on display in The Thomson Learning Centre in V&A Dundee and can be seen at the museum’s next Young People’s Design Day on Saturday 8 February.

Findmypast announces Dundee & Angus collection partnership

 

Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, is proud to announce a new online collection spanning nearly five centuries of Dundee and Angus history. Published in association with Leisure and Culture Dundee, University of St Andrews Library and DC Thomson, this vast archive of historical documents and original photographs provides researchers worldwide with the opportunity to discover their connections to the City of Discovery in unprecedented detail, for the first time online.

Dundee based Findmypast has scanned in full colour from paper originals where possible, and created a full name index.  This new release brings together millions of complementary records from multiple institutions, which, when placed alongside existing Findmypast Scottish collections, forms one of the most comprehensive collections of genealogical records from any area of the UK online.

These records give names, dates, residences, occupations and document life events of the people of Dundee and Angus, also including photographic records of streets and people, a goldmine for social and family historians alike. They contain some of the oldest photographs in existence, taken in the 1840s and showing parts of the city long since lost to redevelopment. 

A particular highlight is a set of 50 images of ‘Dundee Old & New’ commissioned by the Dundee Police after the Improvement Act of 1871. This photographic album illustrates the changing landscape of a Victorian burgh in the firm grip of the Industrial Revolution through a unique ‘then and now’ perspective even at that time. When used alongside tenancy and electoral records of the people who lived in these streets released at the same time and going back to as early as 1823, a detailed picture of the people of Dundee can be seen, rich and fertile ground for tracing ancestors who stood on those cobblestones.

These exciting new records include:

Myko Clelland, Scottish Licensing Manager at Findmypast said ‘As a company with strong local roots, we’re thrilled to be working with partners to create one of the most comprehensive record collections for any area in the UK. We’re bringing so many different records together to give a detailed picture of the changing face of Dundee and Angus through its most transformative centuries, for the first time online. This is a unique chance to discover for ourselves the role that our ancestors played in history, allowing those connected to the area to uncover new stories, wherever they are in the world.’

Dr Erin Farley, Library & Information Officer at Leisure and Culture Dundee said The Local History Centre at Dundee Libraries has been committed to helping people from Dundee and further afield discover their family histories for decades, and we are excited to offer library members access to this brilliant range of records, and new ways to search genealogical collections. We’re looking forward to hearing the stories that our members discover about their families, and finding out how our collections connect to others in Dundee and Angus.’

Rachel Nordstrom, Photographic Collections Manager of the University of St Andrews Library said ‘As the Home of Scottish Photography St Andrews played host to many great photographers over the past 180 years, and the University archives does indeed hold a great number of photographic images from across Scotland which we could draw from for this exciting and engaging initiative. We’re delighted to bring our collections to a new audience and give them new life through Findmypast for their local, national and international family heritage researchers. The images shared through this project are from some of the most notable photographers of the 19th century, and their portrayal of local life, landscape and architecture complements these newly published records while giving a view of what life was like for our forebears.’

David Powell, Archive Manager at DC Thomson said ‘DC Thomson share our Dundee Headquarters with Findmypast and we’re excited that holdings from our own corporate archives can contribute to such a comprehensive online collection. It’s fitting that the names and faces of those who walked through these same Meadowside doors are now having part of their own stories told online for researchers to link with other available records to broaden their knowledge.’

By improving access to these rich documents and making them searchable for the first time, Findmypast provides family historians from around the world with even more opportunities to discover their Dundee & Angus ancestors. Researchers can now uncover details of their families past and add new generations to their family tree with greater ease than ever before.

With today’s release building on existing records from The National Archives, Scottish Catholic Archives, British Library, Tay Valley Family History Society, and more from the area, together with the publication of almost 10 million records from Scotland since January, (many exclusive and nowhere else online), Findmypast is cementing their reputation as the home of British & Irish family history, creating one of the most useful genealogical resources online for Scottish research

DC Thomson Media launch Pure Radio

DC Thomson Media has launched an exciting new station – Pure Radio.

Pure Radio is broadcast on DAB Radio and is available to nearly 3 million adults across Central Scotland.  Listeners can also tune in on the app, at pureradioscotland.com, or on smart speaker.  Pure Radio officially burst onto the airwaves on Wednesday 27th November at 8.00am.

Led by the legendary Robin Galloway, who heads up the breakfast show, the station’s remit is to bring back the spirit of local radio to the nation and reverse the trend of networked radio shows from England.

Where Pure Radio differs from the competition though, is that there will be no hourly news bulletins and less adverts interrupting the shows. Pure Radio will not repeatedly churn out news like other stations, instead will only talk about news if they know it is of interest to their listeners. At Pure Radio, No News Is Good News.

Fun, cheeky and irreverent – that’s the tone that Galloway was famous for and that’s exactly what to expect from this new station on the airwaves and it’s not just going to come from the veteran DJ, with Lynne Hoggan and Paul Harper following him in the same style each day.

It’s a station by Scots, for Scots. The heavy emphasis on music will see major airplay for everyone from Gerry Cinnamon and Lewis Capaldi to Simple Minds, Eurythmics and Deacon Blue.

As well as presenting the Robin Galloway Breakfast Show every weekday morning from 6am -10am, Galloway is also Pure Radio’s boss and he couldn’t be more excited to get back to doing what he does best.

He said: “DC Thomson Media assured me they wouldn’t interfere with my show. So I said okay – prove it – make me the boss. So they did! Radio in Scotland needs open heart surgery or in the next few years, it’ll be given its last rights. I’m going to resuscitate it and bring it back to life.

Remember when radio used to be fun? It was risky, edgy, flew by the seat of its pants and surprised its listeners. It’s been sterilised. When was the last time you heard something that made you utter the phrase ‘Did they actually just say that….?’ You didn’t. Because it didn’t happen. It will on Pure Radio.”

Breakthrough Dundee becomes an accredited Living Wage employer

Breakthrough Dundee has become an accredited Living Wage employer, with the announcement being made as part of Living Wage Week (11th – 15th November).

The Dundee based charity, started in 2017, work in partnership with the City Council and all of Dundee’s secondary schools. They currently employ 12 people, eight of whom are based full time in the city’s schools. Their programme of work is primarily aimed at S1-S6 young people with experience of the care system or who are facing significant challenges.

Breakthrough believes that every young person, regardless of their background, social circumstances or personal challenges, should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, the same life chances and the same fulfilment as their peers.

 

Jenny Paterson, CEO of Breakthrough Dundee, said: “Breakthrough has always been a Living Wage employer and we are delighted to be have this formally recognised through the accreditation process and I would encourage other local organisations to sign up.”

 

Ellis Watson, Chief Executive, Breakthrough Dundee, said: “Being a successful employer depends on having a healthy and happy workforce. Employees will only be truly engaged if they are treated fairly and that’s got to start with paying them a fair wage.

Whilst Breakthrough Dundee has been a Living Wage employer since it’s inception, it is wonderful that it has received formal acknowledgement in the incredibly important Living Wage programme.”

 

This is the first Living Wage Week since Dundee became the first Living Wage City in the UK earlier this year.

In March 2019, over 50 Dundee employers voluntarily committed to ensure all their staff and subcontracted staff received the real Living Wage. These employers, who included major local business such as Dundee City Council, Dundee Voluntary Action, Dundee & Angus College, Xplore Dundee and Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, totalled more than a quarter of the workforce in the city.

 

Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland Manager, said, “We are delighted to welcome Breakthrough to the Living Wage movement.

We are a movement of over 1600 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic Scottish employers like SSE, Standard Life, Barrs, Mackies, ScotRail, DC Thomson and many more.

These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Breakthrough join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

 

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, said, “The real Living Wage is one of the key tools at our disposal to help make an impact on levels of in-work poverty in Scotland.

The Living Wage accreditation of Breakthrough signals to both their staff and the people they support that they are a values-led employer, and that they believe in paying their staff enough to afford basic living costs.

There is a strong business case for paying the real Living Wage; but crucially it allows those in work to become more included in society, better provide for their families, and feel that their value and hard work is recognised by their employer. Congratulations to Breakthrough on becoming accredited”

 

On Monday, in conjunction with Living Wage Week, it was announced that the real Living Wage had been increased from £9.00 to £9.30 per hour.

The Living Wage is calculated to reflect the cost of living, the rate is set at what workers should earn in order to cover the cost of living in the UK.

More than 6,000 employers in the UK are estimated to be paying the real Living Wage rate, with over 1,600 based in Scotland.

Beano announces monthly children’s book club

Beano has today launched “Beano Booktopia” – a new book subscription service for kids offering newly published books across a wide range of authors and genres.

The tailor-made programme will include fiction and non-fiction books specifically chosen by Beano experts based on the individual child’s given interests and reading ability.

Booktopia encourages children to expand their reading horizons with new books that fans of the Beano will love. The books selected for the Booktopia service follow the winning Beano formula that has won over children for three generations by combining spot-on humour, captivating stories, relatable characters and amazing visual storytelling.

How Booktopia works

  1. Pick a plan

Choose one of Beano Booktopia subscriptions with a book arriving every month for either 3, 6, 12 or 24 months – starting from £24.99f5f

  1. Name a kid

Name the lucky kid who will become part of Beano’s Booktopia club

  1. Booktopia quiz

Children answer a few simple questions outlining their interests. What do they love? Fact or fiction? Adventure or mystery? Books with pictures as well as text?

  1. The adventure begins

Beano masterminds hand-pick a book a month to match each kid’s passions and reading ability

Multiple studies have shown that children who read for enjoyment do significantly better at school than their peers and make more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling, making reading for pleasure one of the most effective ways of helping children to reach their full potential.

Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios, said: “Beano has been making kids laugh for over 80 years whilst all the while secretly helping them on the first crucial step on their reading journey. Thousands of parents tell us “Beano is the only thing my kids will read” and we’re constantly awed by the British creative icons who credit the Beano with getting them reading, writing, drawing and even standing up on stage! Beano Booktopia offers kids a monthly chance to immerse themselves independently in amazing stories with the Beano seal of approval to help launch a lifetime love of reading.”

For more information on Beano Booktopia and to purchase a subscription visit https://beanobooktopia.com/

Brightsolid further strengthens client focus with new Client Engagement Manager

Brightsolid, the Scottish managed hybrid cloud services company, has appointed a new client engagement manager to further strengthen the company’s client focus and support sales and client acquisition operations.

Danni Croan, who brings 25 years of sales experience, has previously held positions at BT and CGI, where she focused on securing new business and supporting clients within the public sector.

With 12 years of experience working in IT business development across Scotland and Australia, Danni has operated in a wide variety of account and project management roles, specialising in cloud computing, disaster recovery and business continuity. Her focus will now be placed upon growing Brightsolid’s client portfolio, particularly with governmental departments and organisations.

Malcolm Smith, chief sales officer at Brightsolid, said: “We’re continuing to strengthen our advisory and managed services for businesses looking to drive business value from cloud environments. We’ve seen an increase in public sector organisations modernising their hosting strategies and our ability to consult and offer services, including hybrid and public cloud, will support their digital transformation.

“Danni’s experience in IT sales and cloud computing, combined with her understanding of the public sector will be pivotal for Brightsolid’s strategy as we aim to grow our portfolio and strengthen business relationships. She will provide a great boost to our team and play a crucial role in the acquisition and retention of clients.”

Danni added: “I’m delighted to be given the responsibility of growing the client portfolio of a business which offers such comprehensive managed hybrid cloud services. My aim is to provide our clients with cost appropriate and future-proof managed cloud solutions to ensure that they discover the full benefits of our service offering.

“The opportunity to influence the trajectory of a privately-owned Scottish company was a great attraction towards Brightsolid. Having worked within a similar business environment in Australia, I believe my skills and experience will allow me to contribute greatly within the role. I pride myself on developing good business relationships and client rapport and look forward to implementing this approach to help bolster Brightsolid’s growth strategy and the of our clients.”

DC Thomson Media announce David Clegg as new Editor of The Courier

Following the announcement that current Editor, Catriona MacInnes, is retiring, DC Thomson Media has appointed David Clegg to the role and he will take up the position in the Autumn.

David will be re-joining the business having previously worked for the media organisation as Political Editor at The Courier, leaving in 2012.

Richard Neville, Head of Newspapers at DC Thomson Media, said, “We’re delighted to have David joining us as Editor of The Courier.  He is one of the stars of Scottish journalism and has a proven track record in both regional and national newspapers. He will be a fantastic leader for the The Courier team and will bring a new perspective to a title he knows very well.”

David will join DC Thomson Media in October, from his current position as Assistant Editor of the Daily Record.  David was named Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards in April this year and has previously been awarded the Political Journalist of the Year title four times.

Speaking of the appointment, David said, “I am delighted to be ‘coming home’ to DC Thomson Media at such an exciting time for business and the wider Courier Country.

“I cannot wait to get back to work with the talented team at The Courier and play my part in telling the region’s fantastic story.”

Catriona MacInnes, current Editor of The Courier, said, “I’m delighted to be passing the baton to an esteemed former colleague.  David has a great knowledge of the paper and its readers, and I’m confident he will be a great leader of a great team.”

David will take on the role of Editor in October.

Brightsolid announced as cloud services supplier for Scottish Government

Brightsolid, the Scottish colocation and cloud solutions company, has been named as an approved supplier for the Scottish Government’s cloud services framework.

From 1st August the tech firm will provide its full range of cloud services to support government organisations in Scotland with their digital strategies.

The cloud services framework replaces the former hosting services framework, which expired in May 2019. As a supplier of the previous framework, Brightsolid has extensive experience in providing government and public sector organisations with cloud hosting services.

Under the new two-year framework which can extend to four years – as there is the option to extend twice for further one-year periods – Brightsolid will offer enterprise, private, public and hybrid cloud solutions and associated services, working collaboratively with organisations to meet their IT needs.

Elaine Maddison, CEO at Brightsolid, said: “We are pleased to offer our continued support to the Scottish Government following three years of successfully working with Scottish public sector organisations under the hosting services framework. The strong portfolio of cloud services we offer customers provides them with future-proof infrastructures to support digital transformation whilst considering the long-term financial implications – a testament to the feedback we have since received.”

“Often, there are more hurdles for public sector organisations to overcome than their private equivalent – whether restricted by the supply chain, cost or security. Therefore, our ability to offer a variety of cloud solutions, including hybrid cloud, fits extremely well within this sector, as it offers a balance of performance and cost optimisation. The hybrid approach also allows businesses to use the right cloud for the right workload, combining on-premise, colocation and cloud provider solutions from Brightsolid and our market leading partners, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.”

Malcolm Smith, chief sales officer at Brightsolid, added: “Brightsolid provides cloud services to a wide range of government organisations and has significant experience in supporting this sector with digitalisation. Our place on the former hosting services framework enabled us to establish long-term customer relationships with Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils. The Scottish Procurement cloud services framework will enable us to offer real business benefits to public sector organisations under the protective umbrella of the framework and will continue to enhance our experience and customer portfolio in this area.”

Brightsolid named as GCloud 11 supplier for third consecutive year

Brightsolid, the Scottish colocation and cloud solutions company, has been announced as an approved GCloud 11 supplier by the UK Government. This marks the third consecutive year that the company has been included in the framework.

As of today (2nd July), the tech firm will provide its full range of cloud solutions to support government organisations in Scotland in their migration to the cloud.

As part of the hosting category within the framework, Brightsolid will offer clients enterprise, private and public cloud solutions through the framework, working collaboratively with them to meet their IT needs. The firm will showcase multi and hybrid clouds as simpler solutions, providing organisations with flexibility and agility throughout the transition, under the streamlined GCloud 11 procurement process.

Vicky Glynn, product manager at Brightsolid, said: “The GCloud framework is perfect for organisations looking to adopt multi or hybrid cloud solutions. For public sector organisations in   Scotland it combines the benefits of ‘shopping local’, having data near to their users and having experienced support to embrace and optimise their infrastructure with solutions from Brightsolid and our market leading partners including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, VMware and Veeam.”

Malcolm Smith, chief sales officer at Brightsolid, added: “Continuing to be part of the GCloud framework provides a win-win scenario for all parties involved. Organisations who purchase through the framework are afforded financial and regulatory protection, and those who sell through it can experience a faster and more agile tender process.  Brightsolid provides cloud services to a wide range of government organisations and has significant experience in supporting their digital transformation. GCloud 11 allows us to deliver cloud solutions which offer real business benefits to Scottish public sector organisations under the protective umbrella of the framework.”