I like the idea of time-limited project-based local history research groups, based in local museums but open to the interested public with suitable research skills. I can’t say I’ve heard of such things before, but one is being advertised locally — to research the life of a town during Elizabethan times and to coincide with the 2012 Jubilee. It seems like an interesting departure from the traditional ongoing “local history club”, which over time can become crusted over with a unwelcoming tangle of personalities and cliques, and become an “old folks only” group. Perhaps local university libraries could offer a year’s free membership and off-site ejournals access (vital journals like Midland History are behind a paywall) to people volunteering for such research groups?