Explore Our Roots and Celebrate Local and Community History Month

May marks the annual celebration of Local and Community History Month

A perfect excuse to delve into the past, embrace our heritage, and discover some hidden gems that lie within our own community.

Why History Matters:

History isn’t just about dates and events; it’s a living, breathing narrative that shapes our identities and informs our future. Here’s why everyone should appreciate the history of their local community:

Connection to Place

Understanding the history of our local area connects us to the land and people who came before us. It fosters a sense of belonging and pride in our community, anchoring us to our roots and inspiring a deeper appreciation for the places we call home.

Preservation of Heritage

Every town, village, and city has a story to tell, filled with triumphs, struggles, and more triumphs. By preserving our local history, we honour the legacies of those who came before us and ensure that their contributions are remembered for generations to come.

Sense of Identity

Our local history shapes who we are and where we come from. It provides context for our traditions, customs, and cultural practices, helping us understand our place in the world and the forces that have shaped our lives.

Community Engagement

Local history brings people together, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose. It provides opportunities for community members to collaborate, learn from one another, and celebrate the unique stories that make our communities special.


Getting Involved:

During Local and Community History Month, there are countless ways to get involved and explore the rich tapestry of our heritage.

Attend Events – From guided tours to museum exhibitions, there are a variety of activities happening across the UK to celebrate local history. Check out the searchable database of events and mark your calendar for trips, lectures, and library exhibitions in your area.

Join a Branch – The Historical Association (HA) has local branches throughout the UK, offering opportunities for history enthusiasts of all backgrounds to come together, learn, and share their passion for the past. Join a branch near you and take part in their programs of speakers, visits, and CPD events.

Share Your Stories – Do you have a family heirloom, old photograph, or fascinating tale that sheds light on your local history? Share it with the community! Reach out to CommunityAd and let us know about your history events, stories, and discoveries. Together, we can celebrate the richness of our shared heritage and inspire others to explore their own roots.


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