Sad news. We are sorry to learn from Immediate Media that the long standing show Who Do You Think You Are? Live will no longer take place.
Immediate Media, the organisers of the annual event, reached the difficult decision earlier this week due to financial reasons.
The UK’s largest family history show celebrated its tenth anniversary in April this year, when over 13,000 family historians and more than 100 specialist exhibitors attended the three-day event at the Birmingham NEC.
Marie Davies, director of WDYTYA? LIVE, explained that the event was “running at a considerable loss” at the time of the takeover.
“We have done our best over the years to bring it into profit,” she said. “Unfortunately, the show has continued to make a loss for Immediate Media and we have had to bring it to a close.”
Davies added: “We are currently undergoing a period of consultation with our events staff and I would like to thank them for all their hard work in making WDYTYA? LIVE a show to be proud of.
“I would also like to thank all the businesses, archives and societies who have supported us in this venture over the years.
“I’m sure all the family historians who have visited over the past ten years will agree that it was a very special event and we are sorry to see it go.”
NOTE: This has nothing to do with the Who Do You Think You Are? television programs that appear to be very successful in a number of countries or the magazine. Only the 3-day, in-person conference at the NEC Birmingham is being terminated.
Forces War Records was sad to hear the news as we have attended the show over a number of years and very proud to have contributed, we now look forward to opportunities offered to us in the future. The closure of the genealogy event is very sad news to the genealogy community.
Source – SOG, WDYTYA