The British Association for Local History was formed in 1982, having evolved from the Standing Conference for Local History which dates back to 1948.
A Council of elected Trustees is responsible for the formal decision making of the Association. The Management Committee discusses current issues, monitors progress and takes decisions delegated to it by Council. There are four advisory committees which consider different areas of the work of BALH – Education, Publishing, Events, and Conferences. They send reports and recommendations to Council.
Members of the Council and Committees come from widespread areas of the country, and demonstrate the diversity of interests in local history today. They are experienced and committed historians in their own locality; some are or were professionals from the world of archives or libraries; we have current and retired academic historians, and school teachers. Representatives from relevant bodies such as The National Archives, Victoria County History, and the Historical Association attend our meetings, as BALH sends representatives to other organisations.
Twice a year, in March and October, an Assembly Day is held in London. On these occasions the Advisory Committees and Council meet, and there is an Open Forum. This usually involves a presentation by an outside speaker on a topic of current relevance, or more rarely an issue internal to the Association. Members are welcome to attend, and the date and subject are advertised in Local History News.
The Management Committee meets for a whole day four times a year, in February, April, August and November.
Everyone involved works part-time, and from home, and they are distributed far and wide around the country. Communications to the Association are dealt with as quickly as possible; please be patient.