'To Support Active Empirical Research at the Grassroots': The Family and Community Historical Research Society

Weinbren, Daniel (2019). 'To Support Active Empirical Research at the Grassroots': The Family and Community Historical Research Society. Family and Community History, 22(1) pp. 4–21.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14631180.2019.1638601

Abstract

For over 20 years, the Family and Community Historical Research Society, FACHRS, has challenged the notion that universities should have a near monopoly on the construction, ownership, validation and transmission of knowledge. Its central strategy, of publishing research derived from its aggregation of data from connected local research projects, has its immediate roots in an Open University module, Family & Community History: 19th and 20th centuries, DA301. This emphasised research construction co-operation within a social scientific framework. The roots of the FACHRS also lie in the development, since Victorian times, of sociable, collaborative and co-operative local history projects. The FACHRS’s progress was framed by its engagement with communications and database technology and digitisation during a period when demarcation lines and epistemic identities, both within universities and outside them, dissolved and reformed.

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