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Sussex Family History Group Annual Conference

14 Apr

Today was the Sussex Family History Group Annual Conference and AGM at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, West Sussex. The location and format were the same as previous years; three presentations and a handful of stalls providing a complete contrast to Who Do You Think You Are? Live.

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

The three presentations were a good mix of subjects:

  • Jayne Shrimpton: Understanding and dating old photographs – Although I have attended a couple of her presentations before and have a couple of her books, I never fail to learn something new and to be inspired to get my own photographs sorted and dated.
  • Jean Hopkins: Brighton’s Chain Pier – Some excellent historic images and some superb 3D modeling of this long-lost attraction, although the presentation was a little erratic and disjointed with some technical issues.
  • Lars Tharp: The Foundling Museum of London – This was an excellent presentation, I have heard about the Foundling Hospital on several occasions, but this talk really showed just how little I really knew. It was a fascinating talk and even after the talk it felt like we had still only scraped the surface of the history of this remarkable institution and the people involved.

Attendance appeared to be down slightly on previous years and despite my fast approaching fortieth birthday it seemed to me that I was still the youngest one there, which was a little surprising (and another contrast to WDYTYA? Live) although something I have got used to over the years. I know there are younger family historians out there, but I wonder where they were today?

Another great conference and I can’t wait for next year when the SFHG marks it’s fortieth birthday, apparently special events are being planned to mark the occasion.

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Adding more postcards to my collection at Haywards Heath

5 Oct

Last Saturday was the first Saturday in the month, which can only mean one thing, a postcard fair at Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

I have been going to this fair on and off for many years, at least ten years I would think. It is usually held on the first Saturday of every month, but not always (yes, my brother and I have been caught out in the past).

It is held at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, West Sussex between 10.30am and 4pm, but check with the fair organiser to make sure. The admission is just £1.00, and for that you get the opportunity to browse through (and buy) thousands of postcards, from somewhere in the region of twenty or so different dealers.

A large proportion of these dealers specialise in Sussex and the south-east of England, although most have a selection of subject cards and a smaller selection from a wider geographical area. Naturally it is the Sussex cards that I am mainly interested in, both for my main collection and to illustrate my family history.

Last Saturday I came away with seven cards, which is more than usual, but it probably reflects the fact that I spent longer there than normal. Five of those cards have a family connection, which you will probably be seeing in the next couple of weeks. The other two I got because they appealed to me (places I have been walking) and they are also both possible contenders for the upcoming Festival of Postcards.

If you live in the UK and want to find a postcard fair near you then check out the list on the Postcard Traders Association website.

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