'Local history is frequently the nursery for ideas that are developed on the national stage, its seeds are germinated into the lawns of history.' Interest in local history has never been greater. For professional and amateur alike, in the context of the local experience the past becomes real and immediate, and the experience of individuals, families and communities emerges from our research. With a wealth of primary and secondary source material to be exploited, the opportunities for investigation and analysis are within everyone's reach. But how do we find our evidence and convert our initial ideas, via research and writing, into a reasoned and convincing account of our theme or subject in local history? This invaluable book, written by one of our most eminent and experienced local historians, provides clear, wise and always practical advice about the process of research and writing. It gives essential guidance on a wide range of key topics: finding sources; transcribing, analysing and interpreting evidence; the writing process; historical perspectives and methods; and ways to present and publish the finished product. Examples of sources, writing styles and approaches, and worked exercises guide the reader and help to develop a sound discipline of research and writing. Researching and writing history: a guide for local historians is aimed at those who enjoy local history but want to develop their own investigations in the subject, perhaps leading to publication. It will also be welcomed by students on local history courses who want authoritative guidance on the preparation of dissertations and theses. Written with humour and understanding, and attractively illustrated, it is also an enjoyable and fascinating introduction to the subject itself.