Monthly meetings are held at 7:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Broadway House, Orwell Rd, Felixstowe, IP11 7DD.
Some meetings will be a Hybrid meeting, i.e. Broadway House and also broadcast via Zoom. Watch out for details on each speaker.
The Friday Drop-In Sessions are also held at Broadway House. 10.15am to 12.00 noon. See dates below.
There is a large, FREE after 6pm, municipal car park to the rear of the meeting place which is accessible from Highfield Road.
|27/05/2022||Drop-In Session. Advice and Help.||Nick Smith|
"Unpacking The Hold"
Join Bridget Hanley, Senior Archivist at Suffolk Archives who will talk about their new
Archives and Heritage Centre called The Hold on the Ipswich Waterfront. She will
explore a bit about the concept, architectural and environmental design,
construction and journey to opening. She will discuss the historical interpretation
throughout the building and the hopes to engage more people than ever in
Suffolk’s archival heritage. She will also showcase the types of material
The Hold allows them store, collect and preserve for posterity including some
local Felixstowe examples.
|24/06/2022||Drop-In Session. Advice and Help.||Nick Smith|
"My Life in International Athletics and the many Personalities Met."
|August 2022||No Meeting|
Annual General Meeting.
"Humour and Genealogy"
A native of Hackney, London, Chris studied modern languages at
Nottingham University in the early 1970s, before embarking on a
40-year-career in Banking. Prior to his ‘retirement’, Chris’s interest in family history
was sparked by a request from his father to find his biological parents.
Chris describes genealogy as an all-consuming passion upon which he now spends
most of his waking hours, leaving his wife to joke that she is a ‘genealogy widow’.
Chris is a graduate of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies,
Canterbury, where he feels privileged to be a course tutor. He also runs a
family history research and education business (www.chance-encounters.co.uk)
from his home in Suffolk, specialising in East Anglia and Heraldry.
In addition, he is chairman of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group
and promotes the study of family history at every opportunity.
"The Crystal Palace and The Great 1851 Exhibition."
An illustrated talk telling the amazing story of the building, what was displayed,
and the people who organised the world’s first international exhibition.
"Turbulence to Tranquility, The History of Dunwich Heath."
An illustrated talk about the extraordinary tales of people and events from the
18th Century to today. How the heath has changed. From the days of smuggling
to Coastguards then on to the dramatic events during WW1 and WW2.
The Heath was certainly not always the quiet and peaceful place that it is today.
"Exploring Suffolk by Bus-Pass"
There are few corners of Suffolk (and neighbouring counties) that can't be reached
by bus. Those of us fortunate enough to have our bus-pass can use it to plan expeditions
and days out. This talk, liberally illustrated with Suffolk views, shows how you
can do it.
"Solving Genealogy Brick Walls using DNA."
This talk uses an example from my own family history where I have progressed a
brickwall using DNA alongside traditional genealogy research. The path to solving
this brickwall had a number of surprises along the way with forgeries, quick
marriages, criminal ancestors and often more questions than answers.
In telling the story, methods and tools for using DNA to break down brickwalls
are provided. A handout will be provided alongside the talk.