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

Leafield school (on the green) and the Old George inn, early 20th century
The latest addition to our forthcoming Wychwood volume
Society for Landscape Studies Autumn Conference
Society for Landscape Studies Autumn Conference
Upcoming VCH talks and public events 2017
Mick Aston P. Rook
The Mick Aston Lecture for the Somerset County History Trust