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A big thank you to all members who renewed their 2010 subscription promptly. The first 100 members to renew their subscription were sent either a copy of Reading Tudor and Stuart Handwriting or Unlocking the Past - Index to The Local Historian in January as a renewal incentive. We have had a fantastic response this year - your continued support of the Association is very much appreciated. If any of you would like a form to set up a Standing Order payment or if you have any other queries relating to subscriptions / membership, I can be contacted direct at
Further to concerns over the recent changes made at The National Archives (see LHN 92 p 10) a meeting was held in late October between the President of the Royal Historical Society, the Director of the Institute of Historical Research, a representative of the Historical Association, and Natalie Ceeney, CEO at The National Archives. It was agreed then to establish twice-yearly meetings between TNA senior management and representatives of the learned societies to provide TNA with an academic and scholarly input into their strategic thinking. The next meeting will take place in mid February 2010. BALH members will be kept informed of developments.
Our Chairman, Professor Claire Cross has been representing BALH at meetings of the Historical Association's Public History Committee. On their website there are reports of the meetings, 'public history blogs' and a section called 'how to get involved'. The web address is long, so it is suggested you follow the links on the left-hand side of their home page at
William Faden's Maps
It was a great pleasure to receive the following from Peter Bailey, Vice-Chairman and Archivist of The Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society:
'We thought you would be interested to know that the illustration on the front cover of the Autumn 2009 edition of Local History News proved to be the cause of some unexpected research and information for our society. On seeing the map and the article by Dr Andrew McNair, and reading that William Faden's map of London and its Environs extended to 25 miles beyond the capital, I contacted the Treasurer who agreed to check the coverage before ordering a copy of the relevant section for the Society.
Imagine our surprise when Dr McNair replied, saying that he had visited Shepperton and walked down the High Street to St Nicholas Church to see the Faden tablet. We now know that William Faden is buried in the chancel of St Nicholas, and that two of his sisters are also there. His sister Hannah married John Russell R.A., the well-known artist, which meant she was the mother of William Russell, our longest-serving rector from 1817 to 1870. This is obviously the Shepperton connection, and why she is buried in the church. Another sister Jane Faden is also buried with her brother so we have three members of the family. 
Our Treasurer and Journal Editor Bert Brooking, had written an article in the Autumn 2006 edition including the family tree of the Russell family. We knew of the memorials but had not appreciated the significance of the name Faden until now. A copy has been sent to Dr McNair. So your front cover prompted a useful exchange of information, and we have a facsimile map of 1788'.
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