Family histories go on display

Eva Connolly shows her grandad her family history tree at the opening night of the Haverhill Family History Group's exhibition at Haverhill Arts Centre ANL-150810-132927001
Eva Connolly shows her grandad her family history tree at the opening night of the Haverhill Family History Group's exhibition at Haverhill Arts Centre ANL-150810-132927001

The Haverhill Family History Group opened its exhibition of family and social history last week, where the family tree put together by ten-year-old Eva Connolly (pictured) was a highlight.

The exhibition in Haverhill Arts Centre is on view for the whole of October and has interesting and varied accounts of individuals and families including the Great Ice Skating Disaster, Arsenic Sally and the inspiration to the programme Open all Hours.

Anyone inspired by the display can attend the group’s free help sessions at the Media Hub in the Arts Centre on October 15, 19 and 30, between 2pm and 4pm. For information call 01440 712652 or email haverhill@suffolkfhs.org.uk.

At the opening night the chairman of the Family History (Haverhill) Group, Brian Thompson, thanked the Mayor Betty McLatchy and other town councillors who were in attendance for their continued support.

He also went on to thank all those who contributed to the exhibition, not least Coupals Primary Academy pupil Eva, whose family history tree was part of a much larger school project on migration.

The exhibition was officially opened by Doug Howlett chairman of the Suffolk Family History Society, who said he was ‘pleased to see such a variety of interesting displays, all with a story to tell’.

The October 30 session at the Media Hub is during half term and the group hope families will be encouraged to go along and enjoy some family history activities.

Alternatively it offers free help sessions at the Haverhill Library on Wednesday afternoons between 2 and 4pm. Booking is essential by calling 01440 702638.