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

VCH Hampshire Autumn Newsletter 2015
Lyneham: Methodist chapel and 'Iron Church'
Milton-under-Wychwood and Lyneham now online
Viking Northumberland (C) Natural History Society of Northumbria
Meeting places in the Northern Danelaw, c. 900–c. 1100 - Tudor Skinner
Read about recent work and future plans in Oxfordshire

Did You Know?

the most remarkable incident is the growing commonness, & the breeding especially, of the little owl, Athene noctua. I should be disposed to attribute its occurrence in this & adjoining counties to the fact that foreign specimens were turned loose by Lord Lilford & perhaps by some other persons
The Victoria History of the County of Leicester: Volume 1,ed. William Page (1907) p115