Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! returns to The NEC with Anita Rani, Tony Robinson and a WW2 Spitfire!

The world’s largest family history show Who Do You Think You Are? Live will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the NEC in Birmingham this April (7-9) with the help of celebrities and a host of exciting NEW features!

Sponsored by Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, Who Do You Think You Are? Live offers workshops, speakers and a huge range of experts to create a one-stop shop for the 13,000 family historians who are set to descend on the show this year.

Ancestry is the show sponsor for the 10th year. As well as bringing groundbreaking AncestryDNA kits to the event, Ancestry will also be joined by Sir Tony Robinson on Friday and Saturday, who will be meeting visitors and discussing new and exciting developments in genealogy.

This year Who Do You Think You Are? Live is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a very special addition – a replica Spitfire, complete with its own ground crew and WW2 props in partnership with Forces War Records. Visitors will be able to climb aboard and have their photo taken inside the cockpit of this iconic aircraft.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to have family treasures dated by Antiques Roadshow experts Eric Knowles and Marc Allum. There will be plenty of other experts on hand to help with dating photographs and a dedicated military area offering advice to those researching ancestors involved in conflict.

Anita Rani will be joining the show on the Saturday and reliving her experience from the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? Visitors will have the opportunity to ask Anita questions about her journey and also meet her for photos and autographs after her talks. Anita has said:

My experience of WDYTYA? moved me to my core and from the reaction I had it impacted most people who watched it too. I am very much looking forward to being able to discuss it at the Live event.

The event moved from Olympia in London to its new Birmingham venue last year and Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine publisher, Immediate Media Co., plans to build on its success with over 130 of the biggest names in the business attending, including: Ancestry, Findmypast, The National Archives, Family Search, the Federation of Family History Societies and the Society of Genealogists.

The Education Zone in partnership with Findmypast is another new feature at the 2016 show. There is an area dedicated to beginners with 20 minute talks covering everything from Family history can be FUN and starting from scratch to FREE online sources for the frugal genealogist and Don’t throw that out! This area will also host the Battle of the Somme roadshow and artefacts available to handle from the Royal Artillery Museum.

Marie Davies, Show Director, commented:

We are delighted to be bringing Who Do You Think You Are? Live back to the NEC for its second year. The 2016 event is a very special one for us as we are celebrating the Live show’s 10th anniversary following more than 100 fascinating episodes of the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are?