About VCH Leicestershire

Hallaton in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust was formed in 2008 and registered as a charity (no. 1128575). It raises funds to enable more parish histories to be researched and published as part of the Victoria County History series.

Achievements

The map (separate link below) shows the Leicestershire parishes where work has been completed and published within the ‘red book’ series. These histories can be found in VCH Leicestershire volumes IV and V, available as published volumes or online

Work on the ‘red book’ series ceased in 1964, but a project to produce further volumes was set in motion in 2008 through the creation of a charitable trust to raise money to enable more research to be completed and published.

Thanks to the support of private donors across Leicestershire, including the Friends of Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust and members of the Trust’s 200 Club, we completed and published paperback histories of Castle Donington and of Buckminster and Sewstern in 2017.

We have also completed histories of Kirby Bellars and Leire, which are available online.

In 2013 we won the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for a 4 year project, Charnwood Roots, which researched the histories of 35 towns, villages and hamlets in the Charnwood area. 

Ambitions

The map demonstrates the size of the task facing us, as there are around 300 towns and villages whose histories have yet to be researched, written and published.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to complete a substantial amount of research across the Charnwood area, which will soon be made available to the public in the form of a database. We are currently seeking to raise money to analyse that data and turn it into parish histories, which will be published as new volumes within the Leicestershire VCH series.

Some other parishes have active local history groups or individual local historians, and we also seek funding to work with them, or with people in other parishes, to provide them with the support and any training they require to enable further parish histories to be written and published.

For just the price of a single cup of coffee each month, you can help us by joining our Friends scheme, or our 200 Club. Another 100 members, or an equivalent single donation, would help us to make substantial progress, and will also help us to attract grants by demonstrating public support for our project.

Current work

Work is presently underway in a number of other parishes. These include:

Lutterworth, where a substantial body of research has been completed. We need to raise funds to visit more distant records offices which hold Lutterworth documents, to cover the cost of data analysis, text production and editing, cartography, copyright fees for images, typesetting, indexing and printing the finished book. We estimate this will require £16,000.

Ibstock, where we recruited a new volunteer group in 2017, thanks to a substantial private donation, which will enable a full parish history to be researched and published in 2020.

Welby, where several parts of the parish history have been drafted and this text is now online. Before completing this parish history, we need to visit a number of other archives, including The National Archives at Kew.

We are a small team and would also welcome volunteers with appropriate experience to help with fundraising, organising events and managing our Leicestershire History website.

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