Posted by on 14 October 2011 in Record Collections

Would you and your family like to follow in your ancestors’ footsteps in a unique living history experience?

BBC One’s hit living history series Turn Back Time is back! Last year we sent shopkeepers back in time on the British High Street. This year we’re looking at family life through the ages and we’re on the hunt for families to travel through time and experience a century of change first hand.

We’ve taken a street of houses back to the turn of the century and, over the course of several weeks, we’ll fast forward our families through the 20th century. In an exciting new twist, some of our families’ journey will even be based on their own family history. Over the course of the century, the street’s community will evolve and reflect change in British society, so we’d like to hear from a broad range of British families.

Turn Back Time is made by the company behind Who Do You Think You Are? We’re looking for people who would love to learn about their family history but don’t know much already – we want to take you on a journey of discovery. Ideally your family will include at least one child aged under 20. Filming will be in Spring 2012.

If you’d like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Caroline Miller on 020 7241 9292


Lynnette Atkinson 

It would be good to see a positive look at the contribution the Irish have made to our history. I am English but at last count have 6 Irish families in my genealogy. I have Irish blood on both of my parents sides. One of the things that strikes me is that many Irish such as my forbears were dreadfully poor, yet look how their descendents have prospered. Although I am very ordinary, if my great great grandparents could see me now, I would seem wealthy beyond their dreams. Searching out your family is enriching and humbling, especially when you realise how they struggled.

18 October 2011 at 3:51 pm
jean minchinton 

That would be great Lynnette, my gt grandparents came over about 1860 from Ireland and worked on farms and then settled in East London, would love to know more about how they struggled to survive, also on my dad’s side they came down from Scotland, they must have been really strong people to leave everything behind, now our own daughter has gone to live in Australia and it has made me realise how hard it was as well for the families left behind.

23 October 2011 at 8:25 pm