Conference Presentation Material

From time to time BALH officers and representatives are asked to speak at various local and family history events. Copies of presentation material, where available, will be found on this page. Where possible, we publish material provided by third-party speakers also.

Local History Day 2019

Professor Krista Cowman, University of Lincoln
Sites of Suffrage: local histories and the suffrage centenary (MP3 audio recording)

Dr Rose Wallis, Associate Director, Regional History Centre, University of the West of England
BALH Annual Lecture: Rulers of the county: the magistracy and the challenge of local government, c. 1790-1834 (MP3 audio recording)

Society of Genealogists 2019

Dr Gill Draper BALH Events & Development Officer :
Fleshing out the bones of our Ancestors : free resources for Local History

Family Tree Live! 2019

Dr Gill Draper BALH Events & Development Officer :
Researching the history of children's and family lives

Geoff Timmins, University of Central Lancashire :
Local history teaching in schools: supporting active learning approaches

Local History Day 2018

Alison Kay, Archivist, National Railway Museum, York :
Resources for research in the National Railway Museum
Resources f
or railway research in archives


West Surrey Family History Society Open Day 2017

Dr Gill Draper BALH Events & Development Officer :
Going back in time: free resources for finding people, 13th to 18th centuries


U3A Annual Family History Conference 2017

Dr Gill Draper BALH Events & Development Officer :
Local History for Family Historians


Local History Day 2017

Geoff Timmins, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Central Lancashire :
Investigating local housing : physical evidence in context


Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2017

Dr Jane Howells :
‘Townies’ : six ways of looking for more about the lives of your ancestors in small provincial towns

Dr Ruth Paley :
A Bastard In The Tree?

Dr Gill Draper :
Going Back In Time: Free Resources For Finding People, 13th - 18th Centuries

Paul A. Carter :
Publishing your research on the web. Six tips to help and some potential pitfalls to avoid

Dr Paul Carter :
A Guide To Records Created Under The New Poor Law


Discussing 21st Century Challenges : County Societies Symposium 2016

John Hudson, Head of Publishing, Historic England :
Funding historic publishing in times of austerity – can crowdfunding fill the gap?
Notes on the Historic England crowd funding initiative

Gill Cookson, President, Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society :
Modern Challenges facing County Societies

Dr Gill Draper, Events and Development Officer, BALH :
The Value of Community-Generated Research

Dr Jessica Lutkin, University of York :
England's Immigrants 1330-1550 and Local History Societies: lessons in creating and consuming history


Local History Day 2016

Richard Wiltshire, Senior Archivist, London Metropolitan Archives :
Business As Usual
Details of the Business Archives Council Bursary for Business History Research can be found at :


Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2016

Dr Jane Howells :
Don’t throw that out! The delights of EPHEMERA

Dr Gill Draper :
The Best Place For Local History