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

The Palace Community Centre, Ibstock
The draft text for our Ibstock paperback history is now nearing completion
Derbyshire VCH Walks Wednesday 26 June and 3 July 2019
Exeter early map
A walk around Exeter's historic core
Help us mark 120 years of the VCH with the Oxfordshire Big Red Box

Did You Know?

By 1840–1 Messrs. Joseph Terry & Co was already engaged in sending its products: seed-and fruit-cakes, 'African Bisquits', jujubes, mint cakes, acid drops, gumballs, Nelson Balls, 'pomfrit' cakes—to 75 towns all over the north of England, into the Midlands, and as far south as Luton and London.
'Modern York: Economy, 1839-1900', in A History of the County of York: the City of York, ed. P M Tillott (London, 1961)