Welcome to the Victoria County History

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the VCH is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day. Based at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London since 1933, the VCH is written by historians working in counties across England and is without doubt the greatest publishing project in English local history.

News and events

July 2015 The Local History of the Twentieth Century: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Tom Mayberry, chaiman of Somerset VCH Trust with guests
Another volume of Somerset's history is published
The winners in the Leicestershire VCH Trust 200 Club draw which took place in June 2015
The Imperial Rooms, (next to Derbyshire Dales District Council)
Save the Date: Local History Day and Derbyshire VCH AGM - 11 July 2015

Did You Know?

In April [the king] moved west to crush a rebellion, returning at the end of May. It was in the month of June that the king began the negotiation with his rebellious barons which ended on 15 June in the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnimede.
A History of Berkshire: Volume 3, ed. P H Ditchfield and William Page (London, 1923)