The SLHC is an umbrella group for all types of historical societies and
individuals in the county, and my portfolio is 'Recorders Secretary',
a role that I share with my husband. I also represent the Ipswich Society
on the SLHC Committee. The purpose of the Local Recorders Scheme is
to find a suitable person in each parish to collect and record what is
happening 'today' as that will become 'tomorrow's history'.
My particular responsibility is to recruit Recorders for those areas
without a representative.
Ipswich is too big for one person to cope with, and has been divided
using the local government boundaries - which equates to 16 areas.
When I wrote last time (May 2014) only 5 areas had a Recorder but that
has now increased, thanks to this Newsletter, to eight areas. I continue
to appeal for a volunteer in: Alexandra, Bixley, Gainsborough, Gipping,
Holywells, Sprites, St. John and St. Margaret. There are also a number
of vacant parishes throughout the county for anyone interested who lives
outside Ipswich, and they are all now listed on the SLHC website.
Being a Recorder does not involve research into the history of the parish
or family histories; it just focuses on the contemporary. We have only
two requirements, that the Recorder is on-line and that they submit a
short annual report. Several Recorders have submitted reports for many
years so you can imagine the variety of changes over a period of time.
We do ask that an initial report is provided to describe the area to set
it in context for comparison against future reports. A Starters Pack is
available to describe the role in more detail, and support if required.
If you would like to find out more about becoming the Recorder for your
area, please e-mail me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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