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Visitors to the upcoming Berwick 900 Family History Day will have a chance to dig into the past with expert help.

Thursday, 7th April 2016, 11:50 am
Hugh Hamilton Bankier, grandfather of Linda Bankiers husband Stuart, photographed at the age of three in 1897. He lived on Tyneside and had three children, who were all evacuated to Berwick in the Second World War.

Berwick archivist Linda Bankier has organised free family history surgeries with a team of local experts, and there will be sessions throughout the day at the Guildhall.

“Berwick is very fortunate in having its own detailed and comprehensive records so we can unearth quite a lot of information about local families – sometimes going back centuries,” said Linda

“Demand for these sessions is likely to be high, so people will need to book a session in advance.”

Linda’s family has benefited from research. Hugh Hamilton Bankier, grandfather of Linda’s husband Stuart, is pictured at the age of three in 1897. He lived on Tyneside and had three children, who were all evacuated to Berwick in the Second World War.

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You can book a session to find your own family’s past at berwickfamilies@gmail.com or phone 01835 822403.

It is the final event in Berwick 900, a year-long celebration marking 900 years of Berwick’s history.

It will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 10am to 4pm, with surgeries running from 10.30am to 3pm. Each session will last about 20 minutes.

In addition there will be family history displays and talks, workshops on how to research your family, free guided walks around the town, a new live show by the Maltings Youth Theatre, and archive film screenings showing what Berwick was like in 1911 and 1929.

The public will also have a chance to see what the proposed £15million Berwick Barracks Heritage Hub might look like.

There will be a special Barracks display, and the consulting team will give a presentation on the Heritage Hub proposals at noon.