Growing Local History - A National Conference (Weekend Conference Including Friday Dinner)

Event date: 8th April 2016

Type of Event: BALH Conference

Event Location: University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Ipswich IP4 1QJ

BALH’s national conferences, held every two years, are a great opportunity to meet and talk with other local historians, hear about how local history is being practised by a range of people in a variety of contexts, and get to know new places - this year UCS’s smart, 21stcentury building in the historic waterfront and town of Ipswich, in Suffolk, one of the most active of local history counties.

The 2016 national conference recognises the uniquely valuable work and fresh ideas that volunteers are bringing to local history. Based throughout on actual projects, the conference will explore varied examples from the rich array of current and recent work in Suffolk - the topics, the activities, the findings and how they are achieved. Using these and other contributions it will consider more generally how grass-roots historians, working with a variety of partners and supporters, can contribute to taking local history forward at a time of change in some familiar formats and resources.

Come and join us, either for the weekend (Friday 5.30pm to Sunday 1pm) or for the Saturday programme.

Conference Programme:

Friday 8 April
5.30 pm Registration for conference attendees
6.00 pm

Welcome and Opening Lecture - Open to all

Professor Chris Scull: Saxon Rendlesham Re-visited

7.45 pm approx. Optional dinner for conference attendees
Saturday 9 April
9.30 am David Dymond, Suffolk’s Local History: achievements and prospects
10.15 am Matthew Champion, Medieval Graffiti: the lost voices of England’s churches.
11 am Coffee
11.30 am Tony Bone, Barber’s Point: how a small local history society funded and ran four community digs.
12.15 pm Kate Chantry, Some keys to Suffolk’s medieval past
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Kate Tiller, Memorials and memories: 20th-century Suffolk histories and voices
2.45 pm Nick Patrick and David Cain, Eighth in the East: new histories, new historians
3.30 pm Tea
4.00 - 4.45pm

Gauri Desai and Lucy Walker, Selie Suffolk: making films about local migration past and present.

During the day there will be stalls and displays from a range of organisations, and individuals and groups from Suffolk and elsewhere will be invited to display posters of their work.

There will also be an early evening showing of short local history films.

Sunday 10 April
9.30 -11.30 am

Open Forum : Growing Local History – making the case and spreading the word.

Introduced by Dan Miles (Historic England), Alan Crosby (BALH), Jane Golding (BALH/Historic England)

BALH is supporting a new project commissioned by Historic England to assess the extent of archaeology, historic building and local history research carried out by voluntary groups across England

The results of this project, and the Suffolk projects and experiences presented earlier in the conference, should initiate a lively debate!

Followed by guided walking tours of the historic waterfront and town, finishing 1 pm approx.





Available at the venue



Overnight accommodation is available at a choice of hotels and prices for those attending to book for themselves. Premier Inn, Travel Lodge, Salthouse Harbour Hotel and Novotel are nearby.

See and web searches - hotels Ipswich.


Special Requirements

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This rate is for the whole conference, including Friday Dinner.

Booking alternatives

Whole Conference Excluding Friday Dinner £40.00
Saturday Only (including coffee, tea and buffet lunch) £30.00

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