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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

Derbyshire VCH Trust Newsletter May 2016 now available to view/download
Save the Date: 2nd July 2016 - A talk by the Archivist at Chatsworth House as part of the Derbyshire VCH AGM
The latest news about VCH Derbyshire's 2016 summer walks' programme

Did You Know?

The chief amusements in 1861 were said to be dog fights, rat matches, and 'drawing the badger' although few badgers could be found in the parish.
'Bethnal Green: Social and Cultural Activities', in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11, Stepney, Bethnal Green, ed. T F T Baker (London, 1998), pp. 147-155.