Hello everyone. I am writing to introduce myself as the new Chairman of Nottinghamshire Local History Association. You may already know that John Parker is resigning on 28th March 2020, after a long and very busy spell as Chairman. He has worked tirelessly to promote Local History in Nottinghamshire, and will be a hard act to follow – I shall try my best.
I have been a member of NLHA for more years than I care to remember, since studying Local and Regional History at the University of Nottingham, where I obtained my MA in 2007. I am interested in many aspects of local history, particularly social and agricultural history. My MA dissertation was about the rise and fall of the Grimsby fishing industry, which continues to fascinate me. I am currently working on a book about the mediaeval priories of Nottinghamshire and on my memoirs.
Whilst a committee member (now Trustee) of NLHA I have been involved in organising day schools and other events. I particularly enjoyed a ‘Hands on History’ day at a local school, where we introduced 14-year olds to the delights of the Archives, archaeology, and family history. I am particularly keen on getting youngsters involved. I think local history can give them a sense of belonging and pride in their heritage, and I hope to find a way to progress that.
I am keen to continue the long history of NLHA, supporting and representing local historians and Societies, holding day schools, producing our Half-yearly magazine ‘The Historian’, and our monthly email Newsletter. Suggestions are most welcome, and I hope to see you at our next day school – unfortunately due to the present crisis we do not know when that will be. We will keep everyone informed via the Newsletter and our website.
Best wishes to you all, keep safe
Jenny Sissons MA (formerly Page)