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

A presentation on the Somerset Victoria County History
Upcoming VCH talks and public events 2017
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Know Your Place: mapping community heritage across the West of England - Anne Lovejoy
Book launch
Launch of our History of Castle Donington