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Making History
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Begins Tuesday 19 October 2004, 3.00-3.30 p.m
Sue Cook presents the series that examines listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.
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Local History

The British Association for Local History
PO Box 6549, Somersal Herbert, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5WH
Tel: 01283 585947
A national charity that promotes local history and serves local historians. Publishes a magazine and quarterly journal and has a catalogue of publications.

Local History Magazine
The Local History Press, 3 Devonshire Promenade, Lenton, Nottingham NG7 2DS
Tel: 0115 970 6473 
The website has advice on getting started in local history research, lists of local history groups and courses, and many useful links. The printed magazine, published six times a year, is available by postal subscription only.
Family History

The UK and Ireland guide to genealogical resources in public libraries.

A portal site, provided by a consortium of national record offices and archives, that aims to give easy access to information and links to the main UK family history websites.

Family Records Centre
1 Myddelton Street, London EC1R 1UW
Tel (general enquiries): 020 8392 5300
Fax: 020 8392 5307
Textphone: 020 8392 5308
Office for National Statistics:
Run jointly by the General Register Office (part of the Office for National Statistics) and The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office). Among other material, the Family Records Centre holds indexes of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales since 1837, and censuses 1841-1901.
The 1901 census can also be searched online at

Family Search
The genealogy site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) with a database of over 600 million names.

Federation of Family History Societies
PO Box 2425, Coventry CV5 6YX
Online bookshop:
The website includes information on getting started in family history, details of societies around the UK and a link to the FFHS's pay-per-view website of databases in England and Wales.
Oral and Social History

The British Library National Sound Archive
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Tel: 020 7412 7676
Has a huge variety of oral history collections, including the Millennium Memory Bank of interviews collected by BBC local radio stations during 1999.

The British Library Newspaper Library
Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HE
Tel: 020 7412 7353
Has full collections of all national newspapers in Britain and Ireland, from the start of publication, plus many local and foreign language newspapers.

Imperial War Museum Sound Archive
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
Tel: 020 7416 5363
Fax: 020 7416 5379
Britain's leading audio collection relating to every aspect of conflicts from the Boer War onwards.

Mass-Observation Archive
The Library, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QL
Tel: 01273 678157
The Archive holds material about everyday life in Britain from 1937 to 1955, diaries and personal writing from 1937 to 1965, and some other small collections. In 1981 it began a new project to collect writing by ordinary people on particular themes.

Oral History Society
c/o Department of History, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Tel: 020 7412 7405 
The website has advice on how to get started in recording oral history, details of training courses, and how to join. Members receive a twice-yearly journal and have access to a network of local groups.
Record Sources

The National Archives (TNA)
Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU
Tel: 020 8876 3444
The national archives of England and Wales (previously the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission). Its catalogue (over 9 million document references) is accessible online, along with much other useful information.

The National Archives of Ireland
Bishop Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
Tel: 00 353 1 407 2300
Fax: 00 353 1 407 2333

The National Archives of Scotland
HM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
Tel: 0131 535 1334
Fax: 0131 535 1328

The National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU
Tel: 01970 632800
Fax: 01970 615709

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Making History

Vanessa Collingridge
Vanessa CollingridgeVanessa has presented science and current affairs programmes for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Discovery and has presented for BBC Radio 4 & Five Live and a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday, Scotsman and Sunday Herald. 

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Or telephone the Audience Line 08700 100 400

Making History is a Pier Production for BBC Radio 4 and is produced by Nick Patrick.

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