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Children's Books History Society

The British Branch of the Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections

Promoting an appreciation of children's books in their literary, historical and bibliographical aspects, and further encouraging a distribution and exchange of information on children's literature.

Welcome to the website of The Children's Books History Society. From here, you can find out the latest news, more about us, our study days and the biennial Harvey Darton Award for books extending our knowledge of past British children's literature.
You can also find links to the sites of our friends and related organisations.

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We invite new members to join the Society whether their interest is amateur or professional.

Membership is £20.00 per annum in sterling for UK and Europe, and £25.00 for members outside Europe, including the USA, and entitles members to attend meetings and to receive the Newsletter and Occasional Paper.

Members paying in Euros will need to pay €32.00.

Payment may also be made by direct transfer into the Society's bank account:

NatWest Bank plc, London Sloane Square Branch

Sort code 60-19-26

account number: 23712457


Or via PayPal to SarahJWilloughby@aol.com

Please send a completed membership form to the secretary

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Contact Us

Chairman: Susan Bailes (also Liaison Officer Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections, Toronto, Canada

Secretary: Robert Kirkpatrick

Treasurer: Sarah Jardine-Willoughby.

Newsletter editor: Susan Bailes

Committee: Howard Bailes, Glena Baptiste, Victoria De Rijke, Lesley Delaney, Helen Furniss, Ferelith Hordon, Sharon Sperling.

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