Berwick 900 finale puts the focus on people

Berwick 900 '“ the town's year-long celebration of its history '“ reaches its conclusion this Saturday.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 10:06 am
Family history day

And the grand finale focuses on Berwick’s most important historic asset – its people.

Family History Day is dedicated to the population of the town – telling their stories, revealing how they lived in the past and helping today’s townsfolk to learn more about their own families.

There are events and activities for all ages, and admission is free. The programme runs from 10am to 4pm in and around the Guildhall.

Highlights include displays on two Berwick 900 projects – one mapping who lived in each property in the Greenses, and another charting recent research into the extensive Burgon family.

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Experts will be giving talks through the day, on topics ranging from local boatbuilders, to the ‘weird and wonderful’ Holmes family, as well as plans for a Heritage Hub in Berwick Barracks. Jane Miller of Berwick Museum will be showing families how to make their own family tree.

The Maltings Youth Theatre will be heading back in time to experience Berwick in 1911. Continuous screenings of archive footage will show life in 1911 and 1929.

Berwick Archivist Linda Bankier is leading two informative walks around parts of the town, focusing on past residents and their stories. Both start at 2.30pm.

On Friday, the walk around Ravensdowne and Quay Walls looks at some of the wealthier townspeople. On Sunday, the Arabs and Fish Tales walk looks at the fishing community that lived in the Greenses.

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance at the TIC (phone 01670 622155).

For full details of the Family History Day programme, visit