A warm welcome and a helping hand to anyone researching their roots in Suffolk, land of the southern folk.
East Anglia One Archaeology Open Days
Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 13th Oct 2017
Fiona Lister - Outreach Officer writes on behalf of Wardell Armstrong Archaeology who are hosting two Open Day events during the October Half Term week. The first is being held at Claydon Village Hall on Saturday 21st October 10-4pm. The event focuses on the archaeological excavations that surround the East Anglia One wind farm development. As well as archaeologically themed games and activities for the children, archaeologists who have excavated on sites that surround the village of Claydon will be at hand to talk about their findings and show you some of the artefacts that have emerged over the past few months of excavations.
Our second open event will be held at Tuddenham St Martin Village Hall on Wednesday 25th October 10-4pm
Admission is free. Teas and Coffees shall also be available.
Please do not hesitate to contact her on the details provided if you require further information at Lister, Fiona <email@example.com>
Festivals and Celebrations
Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Wed, 11th Oct 2017
This is the theme for the December issue of Suffolk Roots. With Christmas now beginning to occupy our minds some thoughts will turn to traditional local or family ways in which the season is celebrated and we'd like to hear about them.
But while the festive season may be soon upon us, these are by no means the only celebrations which have been handed down to us. Guy Fawkes night is fast approching and when the December issue arrives will, like Armistice Day be a recent event.
The New Year will be soon followed by Burns Night - celebrated in Suffolk as well as Scotland - Valentine's Day, Pancake Day, Easter, the national days of Wales., Scotland, Ireland and England (St David, St. Andrew, St Patrick and St George). And with increasing diversity of our population, Diwali and Hanukkah like the Chinese New Year are increasingly celebrated in this part of England too. Do our local celebrations echo those of the countries of origin.Then there are Fathers' Day, Mothers' Day, and the Soltices and Halloween - there are so many "special days" which have been observed down the years. .
Do your community or your family have your own way of celebrating any of these in a special way? Maybe your celebrations of some of these events, or those in your town or village, are long established: maybe they have been held for centuries and are keenly followed in the 21st century.
Do please share the way in which you celebrate some of these, or any other events - the deadline for articles for December is 20th October but copy arriving a few days later may possibly still find space in the journal.
And while thinking about getting in touch, don't forget our historic photographs from members' personal albums project. Photographs of historic interest will be warmly received for publication and preservation through "Roots".
THE SOCIETY’S 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND FAIR
Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Wed, 4th Oct 2017
Saturday 30th September saw members of the Society gather at the University of Suffolk’s Waterside Building in Ipswich for the Annual General Meeting, which was again this year held concurrently with our Annual Fair.
At the 2016 AGM there had been no volunteers to take over the Chairmanship from Doug. Howlett - who retired after six years in office - or to fill the also vacant post of Vice-Chairman.
The Trustees therefore continued to run the society with the Chair, for the time being, rotating between members of the board. It was also decided that complete responsibility for key areas of the society’s activities would be taken on by individual Trustees.
Two Trustees, Judith Rye and Alan Bumpstead, also retired this year, by rotation, and both were willing to stand for re-election.
Acting Chairman for 2016-7, Alan Bumpstead reported upon progress made during the year with the Trustees objectives and was pleased to announce that following the revision of the duties of the Chairman, Doug. Howlett had agreed to offer himself for re-election and that Kevin Pulford was willing to serve as his Vice-Chairman.
The well-attended meeting unanimously elected Both Doug. and Kevin and also re-elected Judith and Alan to serve as Trustees.
A more complete report of the AGM and of the Fair will appear in the December issue of Suffolk Roots.
Suffolk Local History Council Conference
Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 1st Sep 2017
The suffolk Family History Society is a member of the SLHC so if you are a member of the society you can attend for free.
The Plans for The Hold on Display
Posted by K Pulford on Wed, 16th Aug 2017
The plans of a new centre for the Suffolk Archives and Record Office will be displayed between the dates of 20th August and 20th September at the following sites.
- University of Suffolk (Waterfront Building - where it will be accompanied by a 3D model also)
- The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
- Sudbury Library
- Stowmarket Library
Online at http://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk
It has also been suggested that there may be displays at Lowestoft and Haverhill.
This will be followed by the formal planning application consultation from September 26th onwards.
This is your chance to see what is being proposed for the new record office and how it may effect you.
Concept sketch of the foyer area of The Hold
Suffolk Passes Review for The Hold Bid
Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 11th Aug 2017
The Suffolk bid for Heritage Lottery funding for the Hold to rehouse the Record Office has been passed and we now await the final decision by the Lottery Fund in December. As part of the process of putting the bid together, the team has been piloting a number of outreach projects that are intended to trial projects to involve the whole county in activities associated with archives. Some of these are targeted at young people who will be the future historians and users of archives.
One of these is a play being put on by 'Bring Out Your Dead productions' which seeks to involve young students. The play is about the Murder in the Red Barn' in Polstead for which they used contemporary archive material to breathe life into their characters. Performances are to be given in Bury St Edmunds , Ipswich and Polstead. The team are also running three pilot projects on 'Mapping Suffolk Stories' which are using maps to localise events in their location.
The plan, once the Lottery Fund approves the Hold Project is to use these projects as templates to roll out to other projects across the county using the Record Office Archives to support them.
Black American GIs in Suffolk
Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 5th Jun 2017
Lucy Bland, in her recent Ipswich Branch talk about Black American Servicemen who came to Great Britain during World War Two – looked not only at the relationships that happened between these American G.I’s and British Women.. the resulting offspring … and the lives of those women, and the often sad story of what happened to the children.
Also at the effect that the Black American Soldiers had in places like sleepy rural Suffolk.
For many locals seeing people with this skin colour would have been a new experience. This picture shows the impact of the arrival of a Group in Stowmarket, with their white skinned Officers… You can almost see the puzzlement on the faces of the on-lookers. Lucy is interested to learn how the locals responded – either individually or as Groups, and welcomes stories etc….
Help Forum Improved
Posted by K Pulford on Fri, 12th May 2017
We have upgraded the members' help forum interface so that you can now see the comments for each related help request on the same page. Why don't you go over to the the help forum in the members area and have a look? You might find some useful information for your family and if not why not think about adding a request for those brick walls on your family tree?
MEMBERS HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS
Posted by Geoffrey Dennish on Thu, 4th May 2017
Visit to Ipswich by Edward Prince of Wales c.1930
Many of us will have, in our albums of family photographs, picture of Suffolk historic events and of landmarks as they once were.
There are probably thousands of these privately held, valuable, pictures and they are at eventual risk of becoming lost for ever unless they are preserved now.
Suffolk Roots has become an even more effective medium for doing this now that back-numbers of our journal are permanently available and searchable in the Members Area .
Pictures sent to the journal can be either the original photograph or a scanned copy - these should, as always, be JPG files of 300 dpi or greater and will (if necessary and practical) be enhanced to their best potential, removing stains and creases for example, while not compromising the original.
There is no requirement for an accompanying article - though clearly a note of the subject, place and, if possible, date taken would be helpful - and of course if a family story is relative to the picture we'd be pleased to hear it.
Suitable pictures will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal and will eventually become permanently available to future researchers as each year another volume of Suffolk Roots is added to the searchable database.
If enhancement has been necessary, contributors will receive a complementary print of the published picture.
Friends of Suffolk Record Office Need Help
Posted by K Pulford on Sun, 30th Apr 2017
The Hold, is an exciting new heritage venue to house the Suffolk Record Office which will allow many more users, particularly children and young people, to access the archives. The Hold will be a purpose-built storage and educational facility within Ipswich’s transformed Waterfront. We need funds to complete this transformation and keep Suffolk’s past safe and of service to the county.
Within the Hold it is intend to set up the John Blatchly Local Studies Library. Dr John Blatchly (1932-2015 ) was for over 40 years, a powerful champion of Suffolk history and the Suffolk Record Office He was President of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History for 26 years. A founder member of the Friends of the Suffolk Record Office, he helped the Friends acquire many archives for the Record Office which might otherwise have been lost to Suffolk. Over the years he supported and encouraged Record Office staff and Friends in many ways, always giving generously of his time, immense knowledge and intellect. Befitting his keen interest in Cardinal Wolsey and his College in Ipswich, John was elected honorary Wolsey Professor at the University of Suffolk in 2014.
The Library will have, at its heart, space for the special collections he left to Suffolk on his death, including his stunning collections on book plates and monumental brasses. Your support is needed for this major asset for all who live in, love and support the county. It is also seen as a tribute to Suffolk’s long gallery of historians and in particular to one who contributed so much to our understanding of the county’s past: the late Dr John Blatchly.
PDF file of a leaflet giving more details of the proposed library and how you can contribute can be downloaded here. If you need to save the file to your computer, right click the link and select save link as..