The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical studies Awards Day took place yesterday amongst the sun and showers. It was good to catch up with so many friends and to watch the students receive their awards.
It was especially pleasing to see the Institute’s highest qualification, The Licentiateship in Heraldry and Genealogy, being awarded to Ann Ballard for her thesis on The Heraldry of the Parishes of Marshfield, Cold Ashton, Swainswick and Woolley, Gloucestershire.. Ann, who is a tutor with the Correspondence Course in Genealogy and Heraldry, has been working on her thesis for over two years and was praised by the examiners for the quality of her research and presentation. One examiner described it as “… an almost perfect blend of heraldry with genealogy, with each discipline lending support to the other”. Our congratulations go to Ann on her achievement.
The day also saw the Diploma in Genealogy awarded to Christopher Broom and Jane Sheehan. Jane was the first student to receive a distinction at this level.
The Higher Certificate in Genealogy went to Neil Littleales, Pam Smith & Jane Southern.
Despite the rain a great day was had by all and we were pleased that Sharon Grant, Chair of AGRA and Else Churchill, Society of Genealogists, were able to join us for the celebration of our students’ achievements.