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  1. IHGS – Awards Day

    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.

    Ann Ballard receiving the Licentiateship of The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, presented by Lord Lytton and IHGS principal Dr Richard Baker.

    Ann Ballard receiving the Licentiateship of The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, presented by Lord Lytton and IHGS principal Dr Richard Baker.

    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.

    Jane Sheehan on hearing she was the first student to ever receive the Diploma in Genealogy with Distinction.

    Jane Sheehan on hearing she was the first student to ever receive the Diploma in Genealogy with Distinction.

    Chris Broom, Diploma in Genealogy

    Chris Broom, Diploma in Genealogy

    Chris Broom, Jane, Sheehan, Ann Ballard, Richard Baker, Jane Southern and Pamela Smith.

    Chris Broom, Jane, Sheehan, Ann Ballard, Richard Baker, Jane Southern and Pam Smith.

    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.

    Else Churchill, Richard Baker and Sharon Grant

    Else Churchill, Richard Baker and Sharon Grant

    AGRA members Paul Carter, Ann Ballard, Jane Sheehan, Celia Heritage, Pamela Smith, Sharon Grant [Chair], Elizabeth Yule [Director of Research Achievements and Les Mitchinson [IHGS Director of Education and AGRA Vice Chair].

    AGRA members Paul Carter, Ann Ballard, Jane Sheehan, Celia Heritage, Pam Smith, Sharon Grant [Chair], Elizabeth Yule [Director of Research Achievements and Les Mitchinson [IHGS Director of Education and AGRA Vice Chair].

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