Greater London Local History Directory, 2nd edition, c. 1993, $30; Greater London Local History: Directory and Bibliography, c. 1988, $30; London's Local History, c. 1983, $20 all by Peter Marcan Publications, P.O.Box 3158, London SE1 4RA. Price includes airmail postage.
These three books provide an excellent resource for anyone researching within the London boroughs. The three publications provide an annotated catalog of publications and resources issued by Greater London local authorities, local historical and archaeological societies, amenity societies and community projects covering the early 1960's up through 1993. Only non-commercial local history publications are included.
Organizations are listed in the following sequence: 1. Local authorities and their local history collections, and recent publications; 2. Local museums (often run by the local authority); 3. Local historical societies; 4. Local archaeological societies; 5. Community history projects; 6. Reminiscence and oral history groups; 7. Amenity, environmental and conservation studies. The books conclude with listings of organizations that cover all or major parts of the London area, and this section includes the family history societies.
The wide variety of groups involved in the compilations of these books mean that you never know what you will find. But the one thing that we can guarantee is that most of the resources will not be found in any US library. You will need to write to the local producing institutions for copies. All addresses are supplied. Contacting the local institution will also enable you to find out what new resources for the locality are available. These books provide a valuable resource for anyone with London ancestry.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.1, 1996