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

Exhibition at Hampshire Record Office
VCH Hampshire Exhibition at Hampshire Record Office, 3 October 2016 to 6 January 2017
Steventon book launch in Steventon church
Hampshire's second 'Short' launched in Steventon church
Volunteers getting to know Charnwood’s rocks
Leicestershire VCH Trust's 2016 Newsletter is now available to download. It includes ...
The Oxfordshire Chilterns near Nuffield, looking towards the Thames valley
marking the recent publication of VCH Oxfordshire XVIII (Ewelme Hundred)

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