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Writing and Publishing Local History

The FAHS published the first edition of this guide in 2006, with the title Publishing history: a guide for historical societies. This second edition was published by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in 2017.


Although there is widespread community enthusiasm for local or ‘special interest’ histories, few people with the relevant knowledge possess the confidence or expertise to make their research readily available in a permanent form. Writing and Publishing Local History: A Guide for First-time Authors and Historical Societies provides essential advice from preliminary planning to final publication in an attractive and accessible guise. Readers of this manual will follow a logical set of steps as well as complete activities that provoke thinking beyond conventional approaches to content and format. This guide will be valuable for any individuals and groups committed to preserving and sharing their historical knowledge and passion.


You can download free or order your printed copy now from the RHSV Bookshop


The RHSV acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.  art victoria   victoria gov