Heritage Lottery Fund Success for Leicestershire VCH

Rocky outcrops of Bradgate Park in Charnwood Forest

Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust has been awarded a grant of £363,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out its four-year Charnwood Roots project.


The project will investigate the history of thirty-five towns and villages in and around Charnwood Forest and Loughborough. 400 volunteers will have a unique opportunity to contribute and to investigate their local history with the help of professional historians and archaeologists. Free training will be given and those without any previous experience will be welcomed and encouraged to take part. There will be opportunities for people of all ages to develop new skills in using maps and documentary records, archaeology, oral history, and surveying and recording historic buildings and landscapes. Public events and activities aimed at families, groups, businesses and local schools will share the new discoveries with the wider community.


The results of the research will be available on the internet, through podcasts, exhibitions, talks, educational resources for schools, walking trails and a concluding Charnwood Roots Heritage Festival. The intention is then to incorporate the research into new volumes of the Leicestershire Victoria County History.


Chairman of Leicestershire VCH Trust, Mr Gerard de Lisle, is naturally delighted that Charnwood Roots has won Heritage Lottery Fund support, “This grant recognises the significance of Charnwood and the important place that it occupies in our national history. There is great enthusiasm for local history in Leicestershire and this project will give us the opportunity to bring together many communities in and around the Forest to explore the heritage of this unique and fascinating area. We are very grateful to the many individuals and groups who have played a part in this success.”


Work is likely to begin in the summer. Anyone who would like find out more or take part in this exciting project is invited to contact the Trust at charnwoodroots@leicester.ac.uk or ring Julie Attard on 0116 252 5946.