SANHS has a long pedigree in the world of local history publishing. The first volume of Proceedings appeared in 1849 and it now contains sections on all aspects of the Society’s activities. In addition to this there have been many occasional publications. These volumes have mainly been written and edited by members on a voluntary basis. In more recent years they have included some monumental works on the church bells of Somerset, aspects of Somerset’s maritime history and a detailed report on the archaeology of Taunton Castle that is owned by the Society. The Society is committed to publishing in paper format as well as through electronic media.
The Publications Committee is made up of members of the Society with experience of researching, writing, editing, and publishing books. It is responsible for producing the annual volume of Proceedings and the newsletter. It also manages a small fund to produce the Society’s own occasional series of volumes. An exciting plan of titles is in hand for the next five years. Please do not be put off by this as the committee are very keen to receive possible texts for publication.
The committee is always on the lookout for people who can come and help with book design and production, editing, indexing, distribution, sales, book launches, publicity and general tasks.
How to submit a script for publication
If you have a book that you wish the Society to consider for publication, please can you send a paper copy to the Office Manager. The Society requires authors to be involved with the publication process, including applying for grants for the costs involved in producing the book, as well as advertising, sales and the launch.