History and heritage on the agenda at annual meeting in Fareham

Amanda Morby, Portsmouth

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HUNDREDS of people are expected at an annual heritage and history fair that is due to take place this weekend.

The event will see scores of groups and organisations take over the Fareham Library, in Osborn Road, Fareham on Saturday.

The free event always draws a large crowd and the organisers are hoping this year will be bigger than ever, with the inclusion of groups from Gosport.

Phil Hammond, chairman of Staunton Park Genealogy Centre, said: ‘We normally get about 1,000 people turning up.

‘It’s a great event, that takes place over two floors of the library.

‘This year we hope to beat the record number of attendees and attract more than 1,400 people.’

Groups from the Hampshire Record Offices, the Family Search Team, Portsmouth History Centre, the Fareham and Portchester Model Railway Club, St Peter and Sty Paul’s Church and the Gosport Discovery Centre, plus many more, will all be holding stands and offering demonstrations and advice.

There will be films and talks about searching for family members and on ancestry taking place all day, from 9.30am until 3.30pm, as well as a book sale.

A display of photos from Bygone Fareham will also be on offer.

A prelude event will take place from Wednesday at the Family History Advice and Help Desks at Staunton Park Genealogy Centre, where experts will be on hand to help with any research problems.