Genealogy has caught the public’s imagination on the back of television programmes like the BBC’s hugely successful Who Do You Think You Are?
For those interested in their own ancestry or even the area’s past, the Northumberland History Fair on October 24 is the place to be.
Organisations from across the region will be on hand at Woodhorn in Ashington to share their passion about the diverse history and heritage of the North East and its people. Visitors will be able to discover new facts about the past and meet some of the individuals who explore and preserve it.
The event has been organised by Liz Ritson. She said: “We have all kinds of groups taking part in the fair. Northumberland and Durham Family History Society will be there alongside Wallsend and Aln and Breamish local history societies. The Mining Institute will be present, and there will be stalls for Morpeth Antiquarian Society and the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland.
“Professionals from Tyne and Wear Archive Service and Northumberland Archives will be on hand too, and if anyone needs to refer to a book, there will be several stalls selling new and second hand publications.
“It should be an interesting and informative day,” added Liz, “and I’m sure many of our visitors will go home with new ideas and inspiration.”
The event runs from 11am until 4pm and from noon till 3pm younger visitors to Woodhorn will be able to enjoy heritage-inspired storytelling and craft activities.