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

Moated site north of Kirby Bellars church
Good progress continues to be made in Leicestershire, with a full parish history of Kirby Bellars now...
Joint Hampshire Field Club/ Hampshire VCH Day conference on 19th century Basingstoke
Leicestershire VCH News
Leicestershire VCH Trust's 2014 Newsletter is now available to download
Land drainage of the East Riding wetlands - Professor John Marriott

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