Useful and Interesting Links 'We have included here some suggestions of national organisations which are of interest to local historians and whose websites provide useful information. In the section labelled "Local Societies" we have provided just a small sample of the many local history societies which now have their own website. Groups and societies dealing with local history vary widely in what they call themselves and what they do, not all have the term 'local history' in their title. There is a long list to be found in The Family and Local History Handbook. New ones, and their websites, are often mentioned in Local History News. If your group is considering having its own website those listed here may provide some examples.'
'We organise a variety of events such as walks, lectures, visits, workshops, exhibitions and conferences throughout the county as well as publishing our newsletter, History in Bedfordshire, several times a year.'
'The Berkshire Local History Association (BLHA) was founded in 1976, to encourage Local History Research and interest in the county, both pre- and post the 1974 boundary changes. It provides a common meeting ground for individual members, the various local history societies and groups within the county, and the professionals who work in archives, libraries, museums and education.'
'One of our aims is to provide an umbrella service for all the local, family and social history societies, groups and clubs in the old county of Cambridgeshire. Additionally, we also act as a central information hub taking in all the latest news of events or what is happening or affecting the history community both locally and nationally and disseminating that information out to the 90 plus history based societies, groups and clubs via our various networking facilities.'
'Arranges open meetings, usually a couple of times a year, with guests who speak on a range of interesting topics. The meetings give members from different organisations an opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face and to exchange ideas and experiences.'
'Information about the various meetings around the county can be found by clicking on the appropriate society on the Members page.' (The Association itself also has a Programme of Events.)
>>> Events Diary [PDF]
'The Federation publishes an events diary three times per year and distributes this through members. The latest diary can be viewed or downloaded. Most events are open to non-members for a small charge, but it is wise to check, especially on visits which may have a limit on numbers.'
'The Devon History Society aims to promote the study and recording of the history of Devon, and is open to all those interested in its many aspects. Its members range from enthusiastic amateurs to senior academic historians.'
>>> Societies Events
'See what's on in Societies over the next Programme year.'
'The Gloucestershire Local History Association includes representatives from many local history societies in the county, the county record office and local studies centres, and meets quarterly to discuss matters relating to local history in Gloucestershire. Details of events organised by the Association and member organisations may be found here. A list of local history speakers, links to local history organisations in the County, guidance on computing matters, and other useful resources are available ...'
'There is a local history society in most towns and many villages in Hertfordshire, reflecting the widespread interest in this fascinating topic. Their activities range from programmes of talks and events to major research work and publication. If you want to find out more about where you live in Hertfordshire, or to get involved in local history activity, then click ... to find your nearest society.'
>>> Future Events
Combined calendar of events, plus access to details of some 120 local societies and related organizations.
Details of 'local history, family history, industrial archaeology and archaeological societies affiliated to the Federation'.
'The seminar meets at 5.15 pm on alternate Tuesdays.'
Victoria County History
Page providing 'an at-a-glance calendar of events organised by our member societies; the events are listed by date'.
>>> Local History Societies
'This is a fairly up to date list of local history societies in the county — the date in brackets at the end of the entry is when we received the latest information. All of them arrange lectures and visits, details of which can be obtained from the contact given, although some activities will be listed in the diary of events on this site.'
>>> Local History Groups
'The Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) is for everyone interested in the history of our county. We foster and promote the study and publication of local history and act as an umbrella organisation for local history groups, of which there are more than 80 in Oxfordshire.'
'The Renfrewshire Local History Forum was formed in 1988 to act as an umbrella organization, bringing together all the societies in the county which have an interest in history or heritage. The Forum acts as a link between the various societies by publishing newsletters and giving details of events which might be of interest.'
>>> Full Events Programme
Composite list of lectures and related events across the County.
>>> News and Events >>> Calendar
'The Society caters for the needs of the naturalist, archaeologist and historian by arranging a comprehensive programme of lectures, excursions, excavations, field meetings, and social gatherings and enables members of similar interests to meet and exchange ideas. The Society continues to be the only organisation of its kind covering the whole of the historic County of Somerset.'
>>> Events >>> Events Calendar ...
'We are an umbrella group for all the local history, genealogy and archaeology groups within Staffordshire ... There’s a great selection of fantastic heritage based events throughout Staffordshire ...'
>>> Events >>> Marc Fitch Lecture Series
Occasional lectures and talks across the VCH Counties - including the annual Marc Fitch Lecture, for which 'all are welcome to attend the lecture and reception'.
Marc Fitch Lecture