'Suffolk Crafts and Craftsmen' is the theme of the 2009 Belstead House
weekend course offered by the Suffolk Local History Council (SLHC).
These study weekends are an annual event held during the May Bank
Holiday period which in 2009 falls on 1-3 May. A range of crafts such as
millwright, wheelwright, blacksmith and those of the fishing industry
etc will hopefully be included, with individual craftsmen among the
speakers. An excursion to a place of interest connected with the course
theme is always included. Information on this weekend will be found in
the Belstead House brochure, which usually comes out early in the New
Year. Any Ipswich Society members should apply direct to Belstead House.
The SLHC - a federation of Suffolk societies, mainly local history and
genealogical but including others like our own with a wider remit, and
with individual members as well - has been in consultation with Suffolk
County Council expressing the concern of member societies about the care
and maintenance - or lack of it - of the Local Studies Collection of
printed and published material held in the Ipswich branch of the Suffolk
Record Office. Much of the collection is available on open access in the
search room: public use is consequently heavy. There is no professional
librarian in situ to oversee the collection, and general lack of
resources seem to preclude any immediate overhaul other than the
withdrawal of particularly damaged or vulnerable material, with
temporary protection given to other items still on open access. Like the
archival collections, much printed material is irreplaceable. It would
be a pity if short term rescue still leads to long term loss.
The SLHC also organises the work of the Recorders' Group. Individuals
located in parishes and towns across the county record aspects of
environmental change (buildings, facilities, etc) in their area, and
such material and reports are preserved in the local studies collections
in the various branches of the Suffolk Record Office. Recorders are at
work in a number of areas across Ipswich, and it may be that some
Ipswich Society members would like to take part in this scheme.
Cover, issue 174