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Publication date: Sunday 15th August 2010

Local History Month May 2011

Members of the London Auxiliary Firefighting Service. The Battle of Britain.
Members of the London Auxiliary Firefighting Service. The Battle of Britain.

The Historical Association have confirmed that they will be co-ordinating the national diary of events for next Local History Week which will run from 1-31 May 2011. Any organisations or individuals who have locally-focussed events planned for this period next year are invited to submit the details for inclusion in the programme which will be maintained on the Historical Association's website.

We are setting out to include around 200 events so please add your events now!

The Honorary Secretary of the Historical Association, Dr Trevor James comments: ‘One of the most widespread leisure activities of the modern-day is participation in a variety of local study activities. Some are very much the traditional study of a specific locality but there are variations which extend into family history, industrial archaeology and natural history. There is now a great emphasis on historical walks, frequently encouraged by the local Primary Care NHS Trust, because of the natural benefits that arise from this type of activity. We do cordially invite everyone to submit their details so that we can all share the excitement of Local History Month 2011'.

The aim of the month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate.

Activities happen across the UK and include trips, library exhibitions and local lectures.  It is a great way for groups to highlight local history and for local people to get involved. 

Each year the event goes from strength to strength, and a searchable database has been created where organisations can register their events. To register for free access to the HA website and add your Local events click here.

If you wish to take part we can help by including your information on our events database.  We also have a free poster template, which you can download from the site to use to publicise your event.

More information will be available online and in The Historian. For further details contact simon.brown@history.org.uk

Download posters here>>>