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

Front page of VCH Gloucestershire Academy Newsletter, January 2017
The latest issue of the VCH Gloucestershire Academy Newsletter is now available to download.
Bridgwater war memorial
The story of a Somerset soldier executed during the First World War