Slaidburn archivist receives national honour

Former Slaidburn Archivist Jenny Bradley is honoured. (s)
Former Slaidburn Archivist Jenny Bradley is honoured. (s)

A Ribble Valley genealogist has received national recognition for her work.

At a ceremony in London, in front of fellows and trustees of the Society of Genealogists, Mrs Jenny Bradley, founder of Slaidburn Village Archive, received the society’s Certificate of Recognition.

This award was introduced in 2013 to recognise exceptional contributions to genealogy by individuals and institutions.

Jenny was one of two recipients of the award this year.

The citation reads: “For devotion to the village of Slaidburn and through her efforts the preservation of the history of its people and places.”

The presentation was made by Dr Chapman, vice-president of the society.

He described how, over 15 years, Jenny had built up a collection which records for posterity the history of the village and Hodder Valley.

She has now retired, but ensured the archive would continue to be a growing resource for those researching the history of their families, the places where they lived, their activities and the context in which their ancestors’ lives were lived. The presentation was attended by members of Jenny’s family and supporters of Slaidburn Village Archive.