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Inspired by the example of Wrangle, we decided to explore creating a new resource to promote the open access local history material we had.

Calne Library proved a great venue for hosting the morning session where attendees enjoyed a presentation beginning with guidance on what to think about when tracing the origins of a village.

I continued by explaining how to make the most of secondary sources, including material by local authors, academic works, the census, local directories and much more.

Medicine and health related items do well, presumably from people searching for information on illnesses and conditions.

The other studies that consistently attract downloads are those about a particular place.

We hope that improved access and discovery tools make this collection a useful resource for local studies librarians, among others.

Broadly speaking these are from geography, archaeology and history.Open access policy has been driven by the sciences and has tended to assume that freely available publications are an unproblematic ‘good thing’.

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There are journals like the Local Historian and Local Population Studies who made their archives freely available, but the discipline as a whole could have better coordination.It would need more people and resources that were used for this project, but it does seem feasible.I would be interested to hear if others think this would be a useful resource, particularly for users of Local Studies Collections.The Centre for English Local History Theses Collection is the result.The website makes available all the Ph D theses completed by students at the Centre for English Local History.It has paid less attention to what is popular, with whom and why.