Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Leiston: Record interest in researching family heritage

11:30 28 February 2014

The Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group open day at the Long Shop Museum in Leiston

The Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group open day at the Long Shop Museum in Leiston

Archant

More than a hundred people turned out in a Suffolk village to delve into their family heritage.

A record number flocked to the Long Shop Museum in Leiston for the annual open day of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group.

Snowfall put many people off visiting last year’s event, but this time organisers welcomed people from as far afield as London and Teeside. Many took along old family photos to learn how to put a date to them, and some carried old documents to be deciphered.

A major draw of the event, which raised £110 for museum funds, was the First World War Centenary Memorial Book Project. In conjunction with the British Legion and the Long Shop, the group is researching the lives of men from Leiston who died in the war and hope to produce a memorial book. A number of visitors turned up with snippets of information and photos of their military ancestors to aid researchers.

The group now meets at Leiston Community Centre at 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month. The next meeting is on March 17, when Roy Tricker will give a talk about St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The AGM will include a talk on ‘The History of Money’ on April 14.

The group’s research centre at the council chamber in Leiston is open to members and non-members from 10am-noon on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

0 comments

Cellist and clock collector Frederic Gershom Parkington is among those in Suffolk to have been honoured with a blue plaque. Picture: Gregg Brown

BBC Radio Suffolk has launched a campaign to find a local music hero in the county to honour with a special blue plaque for this year’s BBC Music Day.

Roadworks around Ranelagh Road in Ipswich will begin on Monday, and are expected to last around 10 weeks. Picture: Jason Noble

A major route into Ipswich town centre is to close for seven weeks from tomorrow - prompting warnings to motorists to allow extra time for their journeys.

The latest public search for Corrie McKeague at Barton Mills. Andy King (Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue) talking with Nicola Urquhart.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The latest public search for RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague has now concluded at Barton Mills.

Flowers left at the scene in Long Melford where a man in his 20s died in a car crash on February 19, 2017. Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

Friends have described a ‘good man taken too soon’ after a driver in his 20s died following a crash into a boundary wall in Long Melford.

Regent House care home in Wellesley Road. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

A 63-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 70-year-old after an alleged “altercation” at a Clacton care home.

Life on Reading Road in Ipswich is returning to normal after a cannabis plants were discovered at the scene of a serious house fire on Friday

Police have finished their work removing cannabis plants from the scene of a serious house fire in Ipswich.

The start of the race with Ru Bennett-Day being pushed by mum Sarah. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

An inspiring three-year-old with leukaemia was at the start of a 10km race in Rattlesden to raise money for charities improving survival rates for children diagnosed with the illness.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24