The BALH Local History News free to access

The  Redditch Local History Society is a member of the British Association for Local History and they publish quarterly journals  ‘The Local Historian’ and ‘Local History News’.

We make current and past issues of these journals available at our meetings.

I am pleased to announce that for the duration of the pandemic crisis, BALH have taken the decision to make all issues of The Local History News free to access (usually only for issues older than three years). All past issues of Local History News are currently available free to access

While it is not possible to visit libraries and archives, they hope this will help individuals continue their research, or simply find a fascinating article to read to pass an hour with a cup of tea!

This is a temporary measure and the current issue of Local History News is usually only available with membership.

To view these journals, please  visit

RLHS Newsletter April 2020

Due to the Coronavirus situation we did not have a meeting in April. However, we decided that we would continue to issue our monthly newsletter to keep everyone updated and the latest edition of our newsletter is now available and can be downloaded at:  (web optimized pdf file of about 400 KB)

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at:   (link to Redditch History Society Website)

The current situation regarding our monthly meetings at the Oasis Christian Centre, along with our other activities, is unclear and we will give a monthly update in the newsletter.

There is good news, however, as Derek has worked hard to produce our new annual Redditch Heritage Matters Journal and you can view this at:

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society