Local History Day returns this year for a blended in-person and virtual event, taking the best of our ever-popular annual conference and adding what we have learned digitally over the last two years. Visitors, physical or virtual, will enjoy a packed day of local history for all.
The special guest-speaker for the day is Dr Janina Ramirez talking about her upcoming book Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of It. This ground-breaking reappraisal of medieval history reveals why women were struck from our historical narrative, restoring them to their rightful positions as the power-players who shaped the world we live in today. Dr Janina Ramirez is an Oxford lecturer, BBC broadcaster, researcher and author. She has presented and written over 30 hours of BBC history documentaries and series on TV and radio and written five books for children and adults.
The morning talk, ‘Using post medieval manorial documents for local history research’, will be delivered by Mark Forrest, author of the newest BALH guidebook on manors and manorial documents. This talk explores both rural and urban records, the types of records available, functions of the courts and some unexpected ways in which they can be used to contribute to local histories. Mark Forrest has researched for Cambridge and London Universities and after more than a decade as an archivist at the Dorset History Centre he now works as a freelance archival consultant and collections manager.
The day will also include the results and winners of the inaugural BALH Local History Photographer of the Year, the BALH Awards for Local Historians and BALH AGM. Our digital audience will be able to engage with our team at Conway Hall and have a choice of alternative content during the day.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided for those with us at Conway Hall.
For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.balh.org.uk/lhd2022