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Our Archive and Search Room is open from 10am - 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - no appointment needed. Keep up to date via our Facebook page and Twitter.

What's On - Forthcoming Events

We warmly invite you to attend talks whether you are a member or not. Doors open at 2pm. The meeting begins at 2.30pm.
There is no admission charge but donations are welcome.
We'll have a range of family history publications available to buy.
Light refreshments (donation expected) available after the talks.
If you have a problem with your family history, please discuss it (no charge) with one of our volunteers.
Except where otherwise indicated, meetings are held in St. Peter?s (Scottish Episcopal) Church Hall, Parsonage Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HS (inside the church grounds.)
See this map for directions.
If you're coming by bus, ask for the St Peter's School (Galashiels) bus stop; the Church Hall is less than 2 minutes walk.
The Church Hall is about 12 minutes walk from our Archive and about 16 minutes walk from the Bus Station or the Railway Station.

Speakers at meetings occasionally need to be changed at the last minute, due to circumstances beyond our control.

Please do not attend if you have Covid symptoms or are self-isolating due to symptoms in your household or if you have been identified as a close contact of a case.
Face coverings are no longer mandatory, though several people still wear them.

Sunday, 29th May 2022 - Annual General Meeting and Society Meeting Men of Stobs by Jared Squirrell, MacArts Theatre, Bridge Street, Galashiels, TD 1 1SP

Between 1914 and 1916, approximately 4,000 German and Austrian civilians living in the UK were rounded up and placed in internment camps like Stobs, near Hawick.
With this in mind, Jared will discuss the historical background to internment and talk about one or two case studies of actual prisoners; where they came from in Germany or Austria, where they lived in the UK, occupations, and family members.

See this map for directions.

It's on the south-eastern side of the police station. It's very easy to get to. There are seldom parking spaces in Bridge Street, so park behind Iceland and walk down Sime Place.
There's a handy bus stop outside Iceland, however, the MacArts Theatre is only a short walk (8 minutes) from the bus and train station.