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New SHCG email list for members

Social History Curators Group is launching a new email list exclusive to SHCG members, replacing the members area of the SHCG website. The list exists to discuss news, issues and information relating to all aspects of social history in museums. The list has been under development during the last few months, and a number of members who previously answered a questionnaire have already joined.

Feedback from our popular seminars and annual study weekends shows how much curators value the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge, and SHCG hopes that by developing this list we can provide a valuable additional channel of communication between members.

The email list is already proving a valuable forum to discuss topical issues such as participation in the new subject specialist networks. The list has been used to share experiences of practical questions such as the possibility of transferring oral history recordings from reel to reel tapes onto CDs. As membership of the list grows, SHCG hopes that it will become a community able to draw on the expertise of social history curators in both large and small museums nationwide.

The list uses powerful, flexible software for reliable operation and to give subscribers the highest levels of protection from spam and viruses, in addition to your personal or institutional defences.

Joining the list
We hope that as many members as possible will join the new list. If you work for an institutional member, any interested colleagues in your organisation may also join the list.

To join SHCG-LIST please send an email to (this is also the address for any queries you may have) stating your name and whether you are a personal member or employed by an institutional member. If you work for an institutional member, please also state the name of the institution. You will receive an automated acknowledgement of your request, but please note that requests to join the list are then processed manually, not automatically. Although requests will usually be processed within 48 hours, please be patient and allow up to 10 days.

What happens next?
Once your membership is processed you will receive two automatically generated emails, one containing a jargon-free guide to how the list works and one containing more technical information about the list. You should save both of these emails for future reference as they contain important information such as how to unsubscribe from the list. You will then receive all emails sent by members to the list address, and will be able to post messages yourself.

We hope that you will join SHCG-LIST. Please email if you have any questions about the list.