Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Community Group Recruitment

In order for your community group to thrive and grow, you may need to recruit more people. There are many ways to do this.

Schools and colleges

History is a popular course chosen by many taking their GCSEs and A-Levels.

One idea may be to start an after school club for pupils to attend – this could introduce young people to their local history, or begin an interest in the subject.

In Years 10 and 11 (14 to 16 year olds), pupils undertake work experience – it may be possible to allow a select number to assist in the daily running of your group. They will gain an understanding of your group’s focus, and the basics of how an organisation is run.

For older pupils, a History Society could be created. This could encourage young adults to take an active interest in your group.

Internal recruitment

Why not ask the people that you know?

Family members are a great source of information regarding ancestors and relatives. They may share your interest in local heritage.

Friends could also be asked: you never know – a close friend may be a secret historian just waiting for an opportunity to contribute their knowledge.

Even work colleagues could have the same interests as you but you never got the chance to ask – now is that time!


Local advertisements are a excellent resource of information on your area, and a great way to contact a wide audience.

These include:

  • local newspaper
  • community newsletter
  • radio
  • external noticeboards
  • posters/flyers

Make your advert fun and exciting to gain maximum interest!

You could even promote recruitment for your community group whilst holding an open day or workshop – this will give people first-hand experience with local history and archives.



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Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH
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