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

Bookings now open for Keele University's annual Latin and Palaeography Summer School
A-Z Map
IHR/VCH Summer Day School - Bursaries Available
A look at the history of Colwall and district
Upcoming VCH talks and public events 2016-17

Did You Know?

Whiteley’s - A slight fall in profits from 1877 to 1880 preceded further expansion, when Whiteley, as self styled 'universal provider', claimed to be able to meet any demand, even for the hire of an elephant.
A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, Hampstead, Paddington, ed. C R Elrington (London, 1989), pp. 233-241