The Alan Ball Local History Awards were established in 1985 to encourage local history publishing by public libraries and local authorities.
The Alan Ball Awards are organised by the Library Services Trust, a registered charity originally established by the London and Home Counties Branch of the Library Association (now CILIP). The awards were named after Alan W. Ball, a former Chief Librarian of the London Borough of Harrow, and author of many local history publications.
While originally all entries were of printed items, in recent years the judges have welcomed increasing numbers of non-print items such as websites.
Judging is undertaken by a panel of colleagues in the local studies community.
For further information about the Alan Ball Awards, please email Terry Bracher.