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Celebrating local history publishing

Next month we will be celebrating local history publishing. As part of the CILIP Local Studies conference hosted at the David Wilson Library, we will be presenting the winners of the Alan Ball Award 2017 with their prizes. The Alan Ball Award rewards excellence in local history publishing. The award is open to publications produced by local authority organisations and heritage/community groups who have received public funding. 

The judges choose one print and one electronic publication every year from the nominations received. The award is named after Alan W. Ball, former Chief Librarian of the London Borough of Harrow, and author of many local history publications. The award is now run by the Local Studies Group of CILIP.

I have created an online reading list of the recent winners. Also included are books by Alan Ball, that we have in the local history collections. Our holdings reflect Alan Ball's specialism in topographical illustrations. 

The 2017 winners are:
Spratton Local Histor…
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Library Research Services are running Shut Up & Write! sessions for researchers and staff over the next few months. 
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