I think Andysweeney's idea is a very good one. All we've got to do is write a nice little piece, tidy and accurate and they'll lap in up.
History is big in the UK, and programmes like Time Team attract incredible audiences for excavation what are no more than dirty old pits.
Marc Girouard, an Anglo-French historian and writer on books about English domestic architecture and life used almost to complain that somebody had been down to the CRO (county record office) and already copied out all the stuff he wanted from muster rolls, receipts for beer and church registers. All done by amateurs and for free. Something he said that could not be done in France, where the worker would have to be a paid professional.
It was that great army of amateur historians who beaver away (now in front of their computers), collecting, digitising, analysing, theorizing and writing on historial topics.
If the government and business of the country were run with a quarter of the efficiency displayed by projects such as Old Weather, there'd be no unemployment and no national deficit.