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

Bodiam Castle
Digital approaches to late medieval buildings in south-eastern England - Dr Catriona Cooper
"Pevsner's Palaces" Guided Walk around Trowbridge
VCH, BHO & Senate House team up for Being Human 2015

Did You Know?

In the season of 1870-1 it became evident that the best interest of the sport would be served by placing the Rugby game on a constitutional basis with a uniform code of rules. The headquarters of the Union have always been in Middlesex, and in 1908 its new ground at Twickenham was opened
'Sport, ancient and modern: Football', in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2, ed. William Page (London, 1911), pp. 276-27