Vice-President : Dr Janet Few (née Braund)
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I am now in my fifth decade of family and local history research and I am lucky enough to be able to
visit many societies around the country and indeed the world, to give talks on these subjects.
I joined IWFHS in its first year and for many years I ran the library and bookstall for the society.
I was also involved in organising the 5 day 'Cherry Stones' conference on the island in 1995, which,
thanks to a great team of volunteers, put our society on the map.
I ran family history classes on the island and many islanders with lower membership numbers will have attended these. Together with my students, I entered for the certificates in Genealogy and Heraldry awarded by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. At one time, more than half those who held these certificates lived on the island. I still teach enjoying helping others with their family history and currently run online courses through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring.
I have written several family and social history books and I am now working on an historial novel. Working as an historical interpreter, I spend time living in the seventeenth century as her alter ego, Mistress Agnes. My book, Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth century ancestors, describes the social history of the period. I am the manager of Swords and Spindles , a company providing living history presentations for schools, heritage sites, history societies and social groups.
I am honoured to be a past President and now Vice-President of IWFHS and try to be as involved as my non-island address will allow.
Further details of my chaotic historical life can be found on my website http://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com.