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This chapter deals with local history. Local history encompasses a wide range of interests, concerns and outputs, which are serious and amusing, amateur and professional. Written local history can range from a few pages of extracts about a particular place or community produced on a desktop PC to a full-length scholarly tome compiled by a professional historian and published by a university press. But the written word is only a part of the story. Modern media has altered the range and tone of local history, which can now be presented on audiotapes, videotapes and CD-ROMS, and through exhibitions and websites (which of course can be updated as work proceeds). It uses resources that were not available to earlier generations of historians, including photography and recorded oral testimony. It is studied through university certificate, diploma or MA courses, and it can be listened to for information and, perhaps, amusement at one of the numerous local societies up and down the country.

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