It seems there's no clear idea among the general public about who London's heritage community is and how it operates. Sometimes the heritage community itself doesn't seem to be too sure how it operates, so it's not surprising so few others get it.
The fact is, local heritage organizations are often approached for information they can't provide. The Historical Society, for example, is prone to getting requests from genealogists.
So let's clarify who the local public should go to for what information:
Have a question about London history? Contact the London & Middlesex Historical Society, the oldest of London's heritage organizations, in existence since 1901. Several of its members are walking reference books on London history.
Researching the history of your house? Try the London Public Library's London Room. Librarian Arthur McClelland has been known to do talks on this very subject.
Renovating a heritage building and not sure what alterations you should make? Contact the London Advisory Committee on Heritage.
Interested in learning about local architecture? Get in touch with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario London Branch. If that seems a little long-winded, call them ACO London for short.
Researching your family tree and becoming stumped? Contact London & Middlesex County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Or OGS for short.
There are lots of other local groups, many of which I've provided links to from this blog. Sorry, no real historical museum or archives yet.
And yes, we could use an umbrella organization that represents all the heritage groups in London. It would add another level of bureaucy but might also provide the historical community with some unity and direction. How about United Heritage Front? What do you mean, the initials U.H.F. been used for something before...