This is a post to highlight some excellent local history sites – a couple are new, and one familiar, but they’re all doing really fabulous work and sadly represent yet another time suck preventing me from getting my arse into gear and blogging here. With so many talented, dedicated amateurs creating fascinating local history content, my reading habits seem to be leaving little room for writing. Still, when there’s other stuff that’s so good, I can’t feel too bad about it…
First up is The Borough Blog, by the wonderfully talented Stuart Williams, otherwise known as The Edditer. Stuart curates the superlative Bloxidge Tallygraph, on behalf of his hometown, but as a leading light in the Walsall local history scene he has decided to create a site chronicling historical material or the wider area. As is always the case with his work, Stuart creates a vibrant, witty and entertaining site that’s choc full of great material, lovingly produced. Don’t miss it.
via The Borough Blog
Regulars here will know how much I love landscape history, and over the two years that The Brownhills Blog has been in existence, we’ve found a few great exponents of the art, including Julian Ward-Davies and Mark from Tamworth Time Hikes. Mark produces innovative and insightful material that’s way off in the left of field, and that’s why I love his work so much. I think he’s also a bit bonkers, which is also rather wonderful. Alongside Tamworth Time Hikes, there is a new project Mark has been working on, called Pastorm. It’s a collaborative work on the history of Tamworth and its environs – well worth a look, and it’s open to all to contribute. Go take a shufty.
Huddled over in Lichfield in a warm ganzey is Kate, the keen and prolific dynamo behind Lichfield Lore. This massively popular site has recently been moved off the dreadful Blogger platform and onto WordPress, like this blog. As a result the site is clearer and easier on the eye. The content is as diverse as ever and I guarantee you that if you spend just five minutes reading this great site, you’ll learn something you didn’t know. There’s some really great stuff there that deserves much wider exposure. Kate’s really sweet on twatter, too.
via Lichfield Lore