Discovering Local History
Discovering Local History by Iredale & Barrett. Soft back, 240 pages, Illustrated B&W, 13cm x 21cm.
A great fund of knowledge about local records, where to find them and how to use them.
- Stepping into the past
- Libraries & archives
- From Romans to Vikings (410-865)
- The Middle Ages (865-1529)
- The modern Era (1529 onwards)
- Personal computers and the internet
- Useful addresses
On the back cover:
Local history is all around us. The observant visitor and sensitive resident alike recognise aspects of local history in the distinctive place-names, customs, architecture, environment and community of every town and parish. Thoughtful observers begin to recognise how these elements fit together in a rich patchwork of local heritage. This book describes many different sources of local history discovered by the authors in the course of extensive research and travel throughout Britain and Ireland. Carefully chosen examples and specially taken photographs show how disparate elements combine to broaden our understanding of local communities in the past. Local history is discovered through printed books, local records, national archives, museum collections, newspapers, pictures, maps and, of course the vigorous memories of local folk. The landscape is a vital source whose every feature adds a chapter or a footnote to an unfolding story that extends far beyond the reach of memory and written record, deep into prehistory and to the very beginnings of settled society in every locality.