February News

English: Norwich castle, UK, May 2005, User:Bl...

English: Norwich castle, UK, May 2005, User:Bluemoose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

February is here and after the heavy snow and utter breakdown of our infrastructure, I feel we need to distract ourselves – with talks, tours and news. So here we go.

Norfolk Record Office is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Talks will be held throughout the year, some featuring the old Record Office before the fire. A certain Gill Blanchard worked in the temporary premises, putting collections back together, before the new Record Office opened.

Tributes to the career of John Alban, County Archivist have been pouring in since he announced his retirement.

Norwich Castle was a Gaol for many years, and on the 6th and 8th of February the Castle Museum is running a special adult-orientated tour. With tales of executions, thieves, murderers and misery, there’s bound to be something of interest.

On the 12th of this February there will be a talk on My Favourite Ancestor and Triumphs of Reserarch in Haverhill.

Chris Morris is running ‘Surnames and Their Variances’ at March Library on the 5th of March. Useful for any budding family historians, or even those who are just interested in how names change over the years.

The Cambridge and County Folk Museum is an excellent place to spend some time, and those interested in women’s issues and history will be intrigued by Walking With Women – Unlocking the Female Stories of Cambridge’s Past.

Gill Blanchard and many other interesting speakers and researchers will be appearing at this years Who Do You Think You Are fair. Get your tickets now! And if you’re interested in what a professional researcher does all day, read her newsletter!

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