National Organisations

BALH offers these links as a service to members and takes no responsibility for the content and quality of the sites listed.

This page is constantly updated. If you have any suggestions of sites we should include, please Suggest A Site .


AIM25 stands for Archives in London and the M25 area. The project is to provide electronic access to the archives of over fifty institutions in the London area.

Anglo-Catholic Historic Society

The society interested in the history of the Anglo-Catholic movement within the Anglican Communion, with which there are many local historical connections.

Archives Hub

is the gateway for access to achive and manuscript collections held in the UK's Higher Education sector

Archives Network Wales

Archives Network Wales is creating a web-searchable index to archive sources in Wales. The searchable interface goes live in September 2003 and will be under development until December 2005.

BBC History

The history pages on the BBC website

British Archaeological Jobs And Resources

British Archaeological Jobs and Resources has, in its 'Who's Who' section, an extensive list of local studies centres, libraries, universities and other valuable links

British Cartographic Society

All to do with maps. In particular, the Map Curators' Group is holding a training course at the end of January 2007 for anyone with a map collection. Follow this link for further information.

Community Archives & Heritage Group

This is a national group that aims to support and promote community archives in the UK. Amongst the resources on its website is a downloadable Cataloging Guidelines

Council For British Archaeology

The CBA is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

English Heritage Trust

This is the new independent charity that continues to look after -  on behalf of the nation - the National Heritage Collection, consisting of more than 400 historic sites across England, such as Stonehenge, Diver Castle, and parts of Hadrian's Wall.

Family And Community Historical Research Society

FACHRS cover such research topics as Victorian social history, migration, Victorian social classes & history, local history projects, research projects for pre - Victorian England, plus many more aspects of UK 18th, 19th & 20th century family & community history research.

Federation Of Family History Societies

The national organisation that acts as an umbrella for all the family history groups around the country. A very informative site.

Guild of One-Name Studies

The Guild of One-Name Studies is the worldwide centre of excellence in one-name studies and promotes the interests of both the individuals and groups who are engaged in them. Approximately 2,500 surname studies have been registered with the Guild.

Historic England

This is the new name for the public body that champions and protects England's historic environment, everything from prehistoric remains to post-war office buildings.

Historic England Archives

Where you can search  vast numbers of catalogue entries describing photographs, plans and drawings of England's buildings and historic sites

Historic Photographs From English Heritage

Historic photographs of England

Images Of England

Images of England, funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is a groundbreaking initiative which aims to create a 'point in time' photographic record of England's listed buildings.

Institute Of Historical Research

Large collection of primary resource materials. Seminar groups, open to the interested public, on a wide variety of historical topics throughout the academic year.

Local Population Studies

LPS is devoted to historical demography in a local context. This new website features the events, publications and other activities of an organisation which has many interests in common with BALH.

National Archives Of Scotland

Based in Edinburgh, NAS has one of the most varied collection of archives in the British isles. It is the main archive for sources of the history of Scotland as a separate kingdom, her role in the British isles and the links between Scotland and many other countries over the centuries.

National Federation Of Cemetery Friends

membership is conservation groups and trusts, and others concerned with Victorian and other cemeteries

Pastscape From English Heritage

Discover England's archaeological and architectural heritage

Scottish Local History Forum

The umbrella organisation for all individuals and groups interested in local history in Scotland

The Historical Association

The Historical Association is the voice for history... it aims to further the study, teaching and enjoyment of history at all levels: teacher and student, amateur and professional. The Association was founded in 1906.

The National Archives

The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.

Victoria County History

The greatest publishing project in English local history. Since 1899 the VCH has presented the authentic history of English places and their people, written county by county from original documents.

Victorian Turkish Baths

Turkish baths were a feature of many Victorian towns. This long-established and highly regarded site is a key resource.

Voluntary Action History Society

Promotes the history of voluntary action, and charitable and voluntary organisations.

Women's History Network

Much of the work done by members of WHN is local in character and focus, and both the national and regional groups are very welcoming to independent researchers.


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