Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Getting started in Local History

  • Clarify which area of local history you are interested in. Local history can cover houses and buildings, streets, neighbourhoods, businesses,. It can be a very large subject to tackle, so decide what and when you want your research to cover.
  • Talk to your friends and neighbours to see what they know or can remember about the area. If you have family members who have lived in the area for a long time, it could be useful to ask them what they remember. If you don't, try asking your neighbours to see if they know any history of the area.
  • Find out what has already been discovered about the local history of your local area. Your local library will have a range of books on the area and the wider locality.
  • Join a local history society. They are an excellent way of meeting other people interested in researching local history and they usually run events, talks and displays and can offer support in your research
  • Keep careful notes and records of the sources you have used and the information you have found.
  • Now you can start adding detail to your research - using the wealth of sources available in our archives, libraries and museums