Felixstowe Library is running a family history exhibition from 16 May to 10 June called ‘History in the Making’.
The library will be showcasing their excellent selection of local history books and resources, as well as reference items such as The Felixstowe Times. Historical maps will also be on display for people to view.
Staff will be offering plenty of information about what a Suffolk Libraries card can offer in terms of undertaking local research and family history research online, such as free access to family history websites including Ancestry, Find My Past and the British Newspaper Archives.
All these resources and more are freely available to library customers to help with local and family research projects.
To accompany the exhibition, Felixstowe Library are running a free introductory session on family history research on Thursday 9 June. There are several bookable slots available throughout the afternoon, and the sessions will cover the basics of getting started with family history research.
Imogen Tink is a Library and Information Advisor at Felixstowe Library and organised the exhibition. She said:
“We’ve organised this exhibition to share with our customers the wealth of fascinating resources we hold at the library that could help them explore local history and their family history further. From our excellent local history collection to reference items such as Kelly's Directories from the 50s, 60s and 70s, and bound copies of local newspapers.
“We have curated a selection that will spark the interest and imagination of history enthusiasts in Felixstowe and hopefully encourage plenty of visits to the library.”
To coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, library staff are inviting customers to share their memories of past Jubilees to be displayed in the library. Customers are welcome to bring in any copies of photographs or newspaper cuttings for display alongside their written memories.
Queen Elizabeth II has visited Suffolk several times during her reign, which in recent years included visits Ipswich in 2006 and to Bury St Edmunds in 2009.
For more information about the exhibition, contact Felixstowe Library on 01394 330850.