National and local history organisations

National societies

Scottish Local History Forum – The umbrella organisation for people and organisations interested in local history in Scotland. It publishes a journal (pictured left) three times a year, organises an annual conference in the autumn, campaigns on behalf of local history, compiles occasional reference works, and generally keeps those involved in local history in touch with Scottish activities. SLHF maintains a calendar of events held by member organisations and provides an online Directory of member organisations and resources. SLHF also publishes Clish-Clash, a regular e-newsletter highlighting developments in the Scottish local history world. Current and recent editions are available for download.

British Association for Local History – This association undertakes a similar role to the Scottish Local History Forum, though predominantly south of the border. Its goal is advancing public education through the study of local history. The Old Edinburgh Club’s membership of BALH provides discounted entry for our own members to many BALH online lectures, webinars and other activities. If you are interested in any of these, please contact the OEC Membership Secretary for the discount code. BALH has a range of publications and other resources, including its journal The Local Historian and magazine Local History News. Back copies are currently free to download.

Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland – The society is concerned with the protection, preservation and study of Scotland’s built heritage and publishes a journal, Architectural Heritage. The AHSS Forth and Borders Group hosts regular events in Edinburgh and online.

Other national societies

Edinburgh history and heritage organisations

Cockburn Association – Edinburgh’s Civic Trust, a watchdog on current and future developments. The Cockburn Association has its own Edinburgh Online Bibliography.

Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society – Encourages interest in all activities relating to archaeology, undertaking investigation of unscheduled historical sites, using careful excavation techniques, geophysics, fieldwalking, processing of finds and research. Provides excavation training for volunteers of all ages and abilities and organises a winter lecture programme and outings. Has a current focus on Cammo Country Park, owned by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Edinburgh Bibliographical Society – Promotes the study of books and manuscripts of any date, particularly Scottish, through meetings, publications and other activities.

Edinburgh World Heritage – Dedicated to preserving the character of Edinburgh’s Old Town and the New Town, which together form the World Heritage Site. Activities include the Edinburgh Graveyards Project which seeks to increase community involvement with five historic graveyards in the city.

Local history and amenity societies