East Midlands History and Heritage works to fill that void which so frequently exists between the academy and local communities in that it actively engages with non-academic authors and community groups to co-produce community histories through display in local museums, on line and in print in its magazine.
It does that by offering an academic, editorial, educational service to develop research and writing skills, build capacity among local groups, and help communities engage with, and record, their own past. It, thus, delivers a novel co-creation of local history to a new, broader audience.
As a collaboration between academic and local community historians and museums, EMHHS offers an editorial, curatorial, research and advisory service to improve the quality and accessibility of local history. Nick Hayes, as Editor, is heavily involved in co-authorship of its magazine, and in managing its the financing, distribution, and production.
The origins of EMHHS lie in the shared thought that: good local history captures local imaginations; that there are many untold community stories untold for the lack a quality publishing service and display outlets; and that academic input, applied sensitively, has significant impact in improving the quality of output and reader/visitor experience. The magazine is distributed free of charge through its community networks.
It has proved extremely popular with their target audience of local history groups and the general public, as evidenced by the continuing demand from for the magazine, the frequent requests for additional copies, and from testimonials as to its quality. The cost of the magazine is met by local universities and history societies, by grants and limited advertising revenue.
More information can be found at the dedicated website here.