BALH Structure

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 Board of elected Trustees is responsible for the decision making of the Association. It oversees governance, finance, and membership, initiates projects in accordance with the development plan and monitors progress. There are two advisory committees which consider different areas of the work of BALH – Outreach and Publishing. These send reports and recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Trustees and members of 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. The Association seeks to participate in national, regional and local consultations on matters affecting local history and may also appoint representatives to other related bodies such as The Historical Association and the Royal Historical Society.

Twice a year, on a Saturday in March and October, an Assembly Day is normally held. On these occasions the Advisory Committees 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 Board of Trustees meets four to six times a year in London on a Saturday. Principal meetings are in February, April, August and November, with other meetings if required in March and October.

Trustees and committee members work voluntarily from home and are distributed far and wide around the country. Communications to the Association are dealt with through our providers of membership and financial services. Contact details are: email:; telephone: 01625 664524 or write to: BALH Head Office, Chester House, 68 Chestergate, Macclesfield SK11 6DY.