News and Blog

The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. Vice Chair of AGRA appointed

    Congratulations to the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies [IHGS], Director of Education, Les Mitchinson, who has recently been appointed as the Vice Chair to the Council of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).

  2. New Director of Education appointed at The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

    Our sister organisation is pleased to announce the appointment of Les Mitchinson as the Institute’s Director of Education.   Les will initially assume the role on a part-time basis with immediate effect. Les is a graduate of the Institute having gained the Higher Certificate in 2008 and the Diploma in Genealogy (DipGen) in 2009.   Les has also been a member of the IHGS Education Board since 2012 and a Course Tutor since 2010. Les is also the owner of LMentary Family History and Education, and has a portfolio of professional development courses ranging from beginner through to Diploma in Genealogy.   A number of LMentary students have successfully attained the IHGS Higher Certificate and IHGS Diploma in Genealogy awards.   We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Les.

  3. Celebrations of achievement at IHGS Awards Day

    Saturday 30th July saw the rain hold off enough long enough for a lovely lunchtime and early afternoon of presentations to successful candidates who had taken the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies examinations.  These included the Certificate, Higher Certificate and Diploma in Genealogy.  As well as this, the prestigious Bickersteth Medal was awarded to Elizabeth Roads, in honour of her distinguished career in heraldry in Scotland.  She is Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records of the Court of the Lord Lyon, and further information on the awarding of this Medal can be found here.

    A selection of photographs illustrates the wonderful day which was had by all.


    Dr Richard Baker and the Earl of Lytton present Elizabeth Roads with the Bickersteth Medal.

    DSC_3995Successful candidates in the Diploma in Genealogy.


    All the successful students who were presented with awards.


    IHGS tutor Les Mitchinson with some of his successful students.

    P1000874A good lunch was provided, with strawberries and cream for pudding!



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