and: EMACHS Magazine
EMACHS grew out of the Midlands Amenity Societies
Association, (MASA) which was founded in 1987 to
represent Midlands amenity societies registered with
the Civic Trust.
In 2001 it divided into East and West MASA, in line with
Civic Trust aspirations to create a regional association
for each of the nine local government regions of
In April 2009 the Civic Trust went into administration,
and local societies had to decide whether to join other
national representative bodies, or to “go it alone”.
In the East Midlands there was a strong feeling that civic
and heritage groups had been established a long time,
and that a regional association had a successful record
of both assisting societies and representing them at a
In 2010 the name was changed to include the word
heritage, and membership is now open to all civic
societies, conservation area societies, local history
societies and historic buildings trusts.
Soon after our inception it was felt that members
needed to be offered greater opportunities to socialise
and network. As a result of this decision, in June 2003
the Association held its first annual ‘Awayday’ in Boston,
Lincolnshire. This was a whole day tour of the historic
town hosted by Boston Preservation Trust. This was
followed by ‘Awaydays’ each year.
2004 Leicester, 2005 Newark,
2006 Retford, 2007 Buxton,
2008 Nottingham, 2009 Stamford,
2010 Northampton, 2011 Eyam,
2012 Heckington, 2013 Bakewell
Since July 2004, the Association published a quarterly
newsletter, the “East MASA Magazine”. At its heart was a
‘digest’ of information gleaned from the pages of
members’ newsletters and journals. The emphasis was
on information that might be of practical use to other
members, on lessons learned and on examples of
perceived best practice. Many members sent us their
newsletters and journals on a regular basis.