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Alan Ball Awards for Local History Publication of the Year

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The Local Studies Group of CILIP on behalf of the Library Services Trust have announced that nominations are now open for the Alan Ball Awards for local history publication of the year. The criteria and categories have slightly changed this year in order to be as inclusive as possible. They have also increased the date range under consideration due to the impact of lockdown.

The award, which is organised by the Local Studies Group of CILIP on behalf of the Library Services Trust, is open to all heritage and community organisations, and individuals that have self-published. The criteria for assessing the award is not just about the quality and content of a publication, but its whole journey i.e. how it was conceived, who is involved and how it was funded. Therefore submissions from: libraries, archives, museum and archaeology services; small local museums and heritage centres; Local History societies; community history projects; local authors are especially welcome.

There are  three categories:

  • Print publication – for best hardcopy publication.
  • E-publication – for best digital publication (e-books, journals, websites or virtual exhibitions, blogs and apps. Please note: we are unable to include digital installations within heritage or museum sites).
  • Community Award – for best community publication in either category.

The publication needs to have appeared between July 2019 and December 2021.

Nominations, including a copy of the publication or link to e-content, should be submitted by January 2022. More details can be found here.

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