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

William Cecil
Join us next Tuesday for a new season of talks at the Westminster History Club. We start with a lecture by...
Mick Aston
Mick Aston Memorial Lecture
Marie Lloyd
An afternoon of Edwardian music making

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