Congratulations to Ewan Armstrong from Sheffield, who has been announced as the winner of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine's competition to win a day at The National Archives with genealogist Laura Berry. Laura will be looking into Ewan's family history to see how the records stored at Kew can help him to further his research. The National Archives provide free online access to digital family history collections, but also hold plenty of original documents about our ancestors' lives, including military records, Secret Service files, Assize court records and much more. In addition to spending a day discovering records at Kew, Ewan has also won a year's subscription to FindMyPast.co.uk
Laura Berry's investigation into the history of Mollstone Wood in Surrey found that this Arts and Crafts inspired home was commissioned by the celebrated cellist Beatrice Harrison in 1934. Beatrice shot to fame in the 1920s when she was broadcast on BBC radio playing her cello in accompaniment with a nightingale in her garden, close to where she later built Mollstone Wood. Laura's book charting its 80-year history was created on behalf of the House Detectives team, and has been warmly received by the home owners who have requested extra hardbound copies for family members.
Updates about the projects that Laura Berry & Co have been working on recently