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Tourists invited to join locals in exploring Isle of Wight history

Thu 19 Dec 2013

Tourists invited to join locals in exploring Isle of Wight history

Visitors to the Isle of Wight are being invited to join locals in celebrating the rich local history, and even discovering if they have any ancestral roots on the picturesque island.
 
Taking place at the Riverside Centre in Newport on January 6th, the next meeting of the Isle of Wight Family History Society (IWFHS) will be specifically geared towards helping people from both the island and elsewhere in the world trace their ancestry.
 
Even tourists with no relatives from the island are welcome to attend the evening, entitled 'Our Island Past 1800-1890', with the society set to have a guest speaker as well as a question and answer session following the main talk.
 
Visitors heading to the island at any other time of the year are still able to get a helping hand in finding out if they have any links to the island, with the IWFHS Resource Centre, located in St Thomas Square in the heart of Newport, open most days.
 
Here, visitors can make use of a research library, computers and booklets telling the rich history of the Isle of Wight and its people.
 
More information can be found on the society's Facebook page, with new members always welcome to join.
 
As well as being a haven for ancestry enthusiasts, the Isle of Wight makes for a perfect holiday destination for every kind of history fanatic, with a wide range of museums and old buildings, including crumbling castles, art galleries and much more on offer year-round.
 
Indeed, despite its small size, the island boasts everything from one of the best places in Europe to hunt for dinosaur fossils right through to the site where the first radio was tested, as well as Queen Victoria's favourite holiday spot.
 
What's more, all of the main historic attractions can easily be seen on a single visit to the island, with most within easy distance of large towns such as Cowes.

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