About the Author:
After a career in education, including ten years as a head-teacher, followed by work as an educational researcher, consultant and university tutor, Dr Barry Darch continues his life-long passion for local and family history. A keen supporter of the U3A (University of the Third Age) he has led groups researching the history of Beccles Public Hall and Lido. He has been joint convenor of the Beccles U3A Family History Group, is chairman of the trustees of Beccles and District Museum, often gives presentations on the town's intriguing past and is currently serving as Mayor of Beccles. His recent MA dissertation (The Open University) focused on local adult education in the 19th century.