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Historian lends expertise to BBC One programme

Posted on 02/03/2011

Dr Jane Hamlett, from the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London, is featured in Heir Hunters, which will be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow (3 March 2011) at 9.15am.

This series follows the work of heir hunters, probate detectives looking for distant relatives of people who have died without making a will.

In this episode, the heir hunters try to find the beneficiaries to gravedigger Billy Brown’s estate, but encounter problems as his surname is a notoriously difficult name to research.

The search for relatives is further complicated by the fact that Billy’s mother committed bigamy as she couldn’t afford a divorce.  Dr Hamlett says: “I discussed marriage in England in the first part of the twentieth century, the history of bigamy and how widely accepted multiple marriages were at this time.”

The segment with Dr Hamlett was filmed in Founder’s Library.

To view the episode again visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007nms


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