Explore the past of Havant at free history exhibition

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THE history of Havant and the people who live there is being explored at an exhibition.

The public can find out about their ancestors at the free family history and heritage event, starting today on the top floor of the Meridian Centre in West Street, Havant.

It includes an 18ft golden jubilee display, a timeline of the 20th century and a BBC family history stand.

Phil Hammond, the chairman of the Staunton Park Genealogy Centre, said he was excited about their latest event.

He said: ‘We want to show people that if they look further than their noses, then they can learn a lot about themselves.

‘We’ve had support from the local solicitors and funeral directors, which has helped.’

There will be an opportunity to trace your family history with Hampshire record office and volunteers are available to access family ancestry online.

The census can be viewed as well as old photos of Havant and Portsmouth.

The family history and heritage exhibition will be running until September 21 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.