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Local Studies Group committee members meet together twice per year, usually in Birmingham, but are in constant contact with each other via email.  If you are a member of the Local Studies Group and would like to join the committee, or come along to a committee meeting as an observer, please contact the Secretary - we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Terry Bracher - Chair of CILIP Local Studies Group

I am Terry and it is my privilege to be the current Chair of the Local Studies Group. I have been a member of LSG since I joined CILIP more than 20 years ago. My day job is managing the Archives & Local Studies services, including Heritage Education, for the county of Wiltshire and the borough of Swindon, based at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham. Previously I worked as Local Studies Librarian for Northamptonshire and also as a Librarian at the Shropshire Records & Research Centre (now Shropshire Archives).

I also feel privileged to have a career that involves both libraries and the heritage sector. As a not overly bright teenager in an otherwise dull History lesson (and this is a strange, but true story), I was inspired by the visit of the education officer for Essex Records Office, who brought some original archives into school and from that moment on (though I had no idea at the time how exactly this would pan out) I wanted to be involved in History and subsequently took a degree in History and postgraduate research in Industrial Archaeology, including Heritage Management, before going on to undertake a postgraduate diploma in Librarianship. I guess this is why I am so passionate about our Heritage Education Service in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Like many colleagues involved in Local Studies, my day job sometimes has a tendency to overlap with leisure interests and I have co-authored books on Shropshire in the Civil War, Images of Northampton and Northamptonshire Black History. It is the early Black presence in Britain that continues to be my main interest, that is of course when I am not in the armchair watching sport on the TV!

Vice-chair of CILIP Local Studies Group - Vacant position.

Diane is Lecturer in Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. She is also Social Media Manager for the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She teaches classes in the organisation of knowledge and library technologies. Her research interests include representation and retrieval of non-text information as well as online health information.

Alice Lock - Secretary of CILIP Local Studies Group

Anne Sharp - Treasurer of CILIP Local Studies Group

My interest in local studies librarianship has evolved with experience of working with several collections and services in the North East and Midlands, caring for collections, promoting and delivering services, and developing projects with partners, grants, staff and volunteers.

I also thoroughly enjoy local studies research and exploring my own family history, which also helps to retain a user perspective of services and resources.

We are aiming to get a Local Studies Group up and running in the North East, so if you are interested get in touch.

Editor of the Local Studies Librarian+ newsletter - Vacant

Editor of the twice-yearly electronic newsletter, Local Studies Librarian+.

Penny Allen, Web editor - CILIP Local Studies Group

In 2012 I moved to England from Canada. Soon after, I started at the National Maritime Museum as Systems and Serials Librarian. I have a passion for genealogy and family history and have provided programming and conferences, as well as organizing group visits to special archives and libraries while employed in a public library in Alberta. I joined the CILIP LSG Group in March 2013. I also volunteer at the Society of Genealogists Library and am a regular volunteer at the Who Do You Think You Are Live shows, both in London and Glasgow. I will be attending Birmingham in 2015. If you have any questions about Canadian genealogy, for your staff or your customers, I am happy to help!

Tony Pilmer - Representative of the LSG South sub-group

Tony Pilmer represents the regional sub-group for the South of England at Local Studies Group meetings.

BRICMICS representative - Vacant

In 2015, Richard Abbott stepped down from the map curators' group BRICMICS (British and Irish Committee on Map Information and Cataloguing Systems).

This position on the LSG committee is now open to interested candidates.

Membership of BRICMICS is by invitation only and comprises representatives from libraries, archives and other institutions with map holdings. The group exists to exchange views and information, and to monitor developments affecting map libraries and archives.


Paul Hudson - Committee member

Paul Hudson is a member of the Local Studies Group committee, and former Secretary of the Midlands and Anglia sub-group.

I am Learning & Outreach Manager for Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, having been Head of Worcestershire History Centre until 2012 and our move to our new home and new service in The Hive. I am a local studies librarian by background and training, previously working in Derby Local Studies Library, but finding that there is a lot of crossover between the different professions which complements each other.

Professionally I am interested in all sorts of ways of engaging the public with local history and other varied resources we hold. This is especially with children (for three years I was a Children's Librarian by accident) and I help with Worcestershire Young Archaeologists Club, helping to ensure local studies sources are used to support the activities. I'm also interested in maps and have ended up running internal training for this.

I've always been interested in history, especially English Civil War and medieval, although many other periods and subject interest too. Whilst studying librarianship at Aberystwyth I did the local studies module and knew that was what I wanted to do, and then did my dissertation of audio-visual material in local studies libraries. Looking back, it is amazing how much technology has changed in the past 15 years!

William Farrell - Committee member

I work in the research services team at the University of Leicester Library. My role includes developing open publishing platforms and collections, such as Centre for English Local History Theses and Papers. I have also worked recently on promoting our local history collections to external audiences. 

I am also involved in Local Population Studies, where I serve as book reviews editor for the society's journal. 

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