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

Upcoming VCH talks and public events 2016-17
A look at the history of Colwall and district
Photograph of a Civil War canon at Brampton Bryan
VCH patron Edward Harley and his wife Victoria welcomed VCH supporters to their home.

Did You Know?

An Austin Friar, William de Bernay, said that 'he had heard some brother of the Temple at Duxford beside Cambridge in Ely diocese, whose name he knew not (but he believed it was the preceptor of that place), say that no man had a soul after death any more than a dog'
A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 2, London, 1948