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The Local Studies Group awards the Dorothy McCulla Memorial Prize each year, and also supports the Alan Ball Award.

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Alan Ball Local History Awards

The Alan Ball Local History Awards were established in 1985 to encourage local history publishing by public libraries and local authorities. This award is now comprised of an Alan Ball Print Award and an e-Alan Ball Award.


McCulla Memorial Prize

The Local Studies Group is proud to have an award in memory of Dorothy McCulla, described by a local historian as "a most humble, friendly and exceptional person" with "100% enthusiasm for every task". Her devotion to increasing access to Birmingam's history through custodianship of its records is still a relevant example and important legacy for us today.

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