Large turnout for Local History Open Day

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.

Visitors to BLHG Open Day
Visitors to BLHG Open Day

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.

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