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Rye Book is a sell-out!

Now reissued as a paperback, Dr Gill Draper's book

'Rye: a History of a Sussex Cinque Port'

in its hardback edition has been sold out.
The book was noted to be "not only an attractively presented book, it is also a careful and scholarly account of Rye which will prove to be the authoritative work on the history of the town for the foreseeable future"
(Caroline Barron FSA).

The paperback edition (ISBN: 9780750970266) was published on 3 June
More information via the History Press

Gill Draper is running a day school based on the book at
Canterbury Christ Church University on Saturday 16 November 2016.
More information

Building Preservation Notice issued to save historic Sheppey military hospital

Swale council has rushed through a Building Preservation Notice to protect the former Military Hospital in the abandoned Sheerness steel mill site.

The notice was served on 3 March following a campaign by Islanders on the council’s website and in the Sheerness Times Guardian.

Peel Land and Property, which now owns the site, has revealed it wants to bulldoze the historic 200-year-old building to make way for a giant car park to store imported vehicles.

Read the full article in Kent Online

Christoph Bull wins McCulla Memorial Prize

The Local Studies Group is proud to have an award in memory of Dorothy McCulla, described by a local historian as "a most humble, friendly and exceptional person" with "100% enthusiasm for every task".  Her devotion to increasing access to Birmingam's history through custodianship of its records is still a relevant example and important legacy for us today.

About Dorothy McCulla

Dorothy McCulla was the Head of the Local Studies Dept at Birmingham Central Library, a post she held from 1969 until her untimely death in 1981, two days after her 59th birthday.
She had worked at Birmingham since 1940, joining the Birmingham Collection (later local studies) in 1953.  Colleagues described her as having a "cheerful and bustling temperament" and being "a delight to know". Outside work, her main interests were horse riding and travelling.

Dorothy McCulla Award Winner 2015 - Christoph Ronald Bull

Christoph Bull, retired. Until 2013, Chris was Kent County Council Manager at Dartford Gravesend & Swale Libraries. 

McCulla nominations

Nominations are sought each year for a member of the Group who has made an outstanding contribution to local studies work. The panel look in particular for good overall service provision, innovation and promotional work and the winner receives a cash award and hand-written certificate.  

Past winners of the McCulla Award

Previous winners of the Dorothy McCulla Memorial Prize.