The Federation of Local History Societies was established in 1981 to promote the interests of amateur historians and voluntary museums and to represent their views. In the intervening years the number of societies has grown to more than one hundred. The aims of the Federation are:
- To encourage research in the fields of history, archaeology, folk life and folk lore.
- To exchange information among affiliated societies through the medium of newsletters, publications, seminars etc.
- To develop mutual support among affiliated societies.
- To encourage the publication of information of historical interest and the better utilisation of archives.