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

All welcome to Shropshire lecture & launch in October
All Derbyshire local history research groups continue into the Autumn term 2014
Professor Richard Hoyle - “Writing the history of a school over 500 years: Giggleswick, 1512-2012”
Launceston People and Probate 1750 to 1850 - An exhibition at Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

Did You Know?

No evidence exists on which to base an account of the social life of Swindon before the arrival of the railway. Record of two pastimes only has survived. These were bull-baiting and backsword-playing, both of which took place in the Market Square.
A History of Wiltshire: volume 9