For many people, the study of local history, or the nature of the world
in which they live, is an important free time interest.
to nature hobbies, there are a wide range
of possible subjects to learn about, ranging from family genealogy to the
re-creation of the life of particular historical periods, and from local
geology to metal detecting.
For more details on particular topics,
consult one of the organisations listed
Many people pursue this
type of study as a hobby just for their own personal interest.
For others, the study can develop in to more formal learning,
possible leading on to new jobs or professional interests.
Royal Historical Society ihr.sas.ac.uk/rhs/
British Archaeological Association 0208 994 1019
Royal Archaeological Institute/Society of Antiquaries 0207 734 0193
Family & Community Historical Research Society www.fchrs.com/
GENUKI - UK and Ireland Genealogy www.genuki.org.uk/
Society of Genealogists www.sog.org.uk/
British Association for Local History www.balh.co.uk/
Federation of Independent Detectorists www.detectorists.net/
National Council for Metal Detecting www.ncmd.co.uk/
English Civil War Society 01430 430695
The Historical Reenactment Web Site www.cix.co.uk/~novar/renact.htm
Napoleonic Association www.n-a.co.uk/nacont.htm
National Railway Historical Society UK Chapter www.siam.co.uk/nrhsuk/
BBC History Magazine
Family Tree Magazine
Find a local group
or club covering the aspect of history or geography that interests you
(see organisations above).
Take a class or course at your local
adult education centre.
Consult books or magazines
on different types of history and geography and the hobbies based on
Check in your local
or education centre for more information.
Skills and people
Anyone can take up these interests, regardless of their age
or sex, and no special knowledge is required to get started.
You can follow many of the history and geography hobbies at home on your own.
But some activities, like metal detecting or historical re-creations
involve trips away from home, and many people enjoy
the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a group of like minded
can be a local group, or one linked by mail or Internet contacts.
Equipment or clothing
Some of these hobbies mean you need access to books and magazines, or
For others, like historical recreations you may
need special clothing which may be provided by the groups you join.
Metal detectors need special equipment to follow their hobby.
A place or facilities
No special facilities are needed for reading or following up some of
Discussion groups often meet in a local hall
or school, or sometimes at members homes.
Visits are made to sites
of special historical or geographical interest. Historical
recreations are often staged at such sites.