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The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. Spring is here!

    Spring has firmly arrived, and with the all the fine weather we have been inspired to give our patio at Achievements a good wash, in readiness for the annual Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies awards day in July. Lets just hope the weather remains fine for the next few months! Here is a photo of Martin cleaning the patio, and the finished result in the sun.

     

  2. Focus on . . . . . hatchments.

    A hatchment was a memorial board of a deceased armiger’s coat of arms that was traditionally hung outside the family home during the period of mourning.

    They were usually made of a diamond shaped wooden base which had canvas stretched across with the coat of arms painted on. A black background meant that it related to a spinster, widow or widower. Whereas  a married man had the right half of the background white and a married woman the left hand side. Popular in the 17th Century, their use declined during the latter half of the 19th century. Many were transferred to parish churches were they can still be found.

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