Event will bring past back to life

Julia Soares-McCormick.

Julia Soares-McCormick.

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A special event will bring the past to life this weekend with an historical costume talk and fair.

Anyone with an interest in the past, the region’s history or even their own, can visit Woodhorn Museum in Ashington on Sunday, October 27, where groups and organisations from around the north east will be coming together at the fourth Northumberland History Fair.

The groups will share their knowledge, expertise and passion in everything from family history and war memorials to mining and Northumbrian pipes.

The fair is a great opportunity for those who are already wrapped up in the past to meet familiar faces and share new discoveries, and for total newcomers to pick useful advice and wise words from seasoned researchers and history fans.

Staff from Northumberland Archives will be on hand providing guidance for budding genealogists and there will be books and pamphlets on the region too.

Organisations attending include various local history societies, the Mining Institute, the Northumbrian Language Society, Northumberland and Durham Family History Society, Newbiggin Genealogy Project and more.

This year, visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating historic costume talk by Julia Soares-McCormick from Renaissance Costume, who will be celebrating Tudor costume design with a talk about the design and construction of her 16th Century inspired clothes.

A display of Julia’s gowns will feature as well an appearance of King Henry VIII in full regalia.

Tickets for the talks at 11.30am and 2pm are priced at £4 and should be purchased in advance, as the last event with Julia sold out quickly.

Events officer Liz Ritson said: “Whether someone would just like to chat about a location they knew as a child, or ask an in depth question about an aspect of historical research, there should be someone here to assist.”

Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more information, or call (01670) 856968.