On Sunday, 24th April 2016 Beachamwell Local History Group held its first Open day, which highlighted some of the projects the group has been working on. There were exhibits of photographs and artefacts about the history of Beachamwell Hall and its owners, a family story from the Census Records and about St Botolph’s Church in Shingham. A display of archaeological objects found locally featured a Neolithic stone quern, hand axes and scrapers, a Bronze Age dagger, Roman and medieval pottery, all vividly illustrating how our village and its environs have been lived in for many millennia. Visitors were able to “Ask The Census” about the 19th Century villagers, using our excellent spreadsheet, and to view local photographs . There was something for youngsters too with a “hands on” display of memorabilia about childhood, matched to local photographs.
Many thanks to all those who loaned items for display and all who helped to make the day such a success. The number of visitors far exceeded our expectations, and some had travelled quite a distance. We were also delighted and grateful that many brought along photographs of their own and items of interest for us to copy and add to our growing archive of evidence about Beachamwell’s fascinating history.
Visit the News page for details of our next event “Venerating the Ancestors” on Saturday 16 July 2016.