Speaker’s Name Des Hoar

Speaker's NameDes Hoar
Are you an Individual or represent an Organisation / Company?Organisation/Company
Name of Organisation / CompanySharnbrook Local History Group
Telephone / Mobile Number+447307637334
Would you be able to present In Person, via Zoom or either?In Person only
What equipment do you need to be provided by hosts? eg Screen, laptop, projectorscreen, projector with hdmi
Any travel restrictions? Such as Time or Distancein Beds or neighbouring counties
What are the charges? Such as Travel Expenses, Charge for talk.Minimal Travel expenses only for BLHA members societies, otherwise £50 plus travel expenses
Speaker's BiographyDes is a founder member of Sharnbrook Local History Gorup and has encouraged an active research programme. He has been on the BLHA committee for several years and is currently Chairman of BLHA.
As a former scientist Des has been able to use his experience of project management and expertise in using IT to support archaeological or historical projects. He has specialised in studying the 1086 Domesday Survey and is collecting all aspects of Bedfordshire historical data so it can be analysed and reported using GIS mapping techniques.
He is a former member of the Police History Society.
History of Policing in North Bedfordshire75 minsWhat was the role of a Parish Constable? What led up to the creation of a County Constabulary? Why did the northernmost Division end up in Sharnbrook? Do we know the names of the original Police Constables and what do we know of their careers? What crimes were the most common in a rural community? Were there any recidivists? Did criminal activity run in families? How successful were the police in apprehending the felons? Did the sentence of the Sharnbrook petty court match the crime? Were there any serious crimes in any of the surrounding villages?
Land Ownership in Sharnbrook Parish75 minsHow did the geology of the area affect the use of the land? Is there any sign of habitation in prehistoric times?
What does the Domesday Survey tell us about who owned the land? Who were the landowners and can we ascertain how they transferred ownership across the generations?
What type of farm management / field system was used? What were the names of the fields over the years and can we determine in which estate they lay?
How was the ownership/layout of the fields affected by events such as the coming of the railways and WW2?
Using GIS to support Local History Studies75 minsThe results of archaeological excavations or fieldwalking can be recorded so that the location is known. These results can then be read into mapping software as a specific layer.
Additional layers can be added from raster images such as Estate diagrams, LIDAR images, aerial photographic images, Portable Antiquities Scheme etc.
A GIS project can use data from the county's HER departments so one's own research can be overlaid with data from formal infrastructure projects. The layers can be used to analyse datasets and create interactive online maps.