Every so often you come across a unique resource or a place that’s great for discovering something about your family.
I came across such a place just the other day but in my case it really wasn’t anything to do with my family but if my family had been from there then I might very well have found a lovely portrait of my ancestor hanging on the wall.
So in this case I’m talking about the Lady Waterford Gallery in Ford. Originally it was setup in 1860 as a school by its name sake Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford. The former school now contains her artwork and is also the hanging place of the murals she created during her lifetime. The scenes in the murals are wonderfully done and are mostly biblical tales. She used the local community as the source for sitters and models for her paintings.
So if you happened to have an ancestor living in the village of Ford near Berwick Upon Tweed then there’s a chance that they may have be painted and are now hanging on the walls of the old school house.
It’s a lovely place to visit in any case and has plenty of puzzles etc for kids. Check out the Lady Waterford Gallery website for more info.