Leicestershire News and events

Sherrier school, Lutterworth
Students from the University of Leicester have been helping to research the history of the market town of Lutterworth, in south Leicestershire. Details of the educational opportunities for poor children in 18th-century Lutterworth can be found here.
The Leicestershire VCH Trust 200 Club now has 50 members. The first draw has now taken place and one lucky person has won the first prize of £125, for a £50 stake. The three winning numbers were 43, 11 and 8, and the second and third prizes were £83.33 and £41...
Joan Thirsk, who died in October 2013, was the leading agrarian historian of the late 20th century, and it is appropriate that a conference should be held at Leicester where she worked for 14 years. She is probably best known for her research into regional farming, but wrote much about rural...
Beaumanor Hall
Representatives from Leicestershire VCH and our Charnwood Roots project are looking forward to attending the history fair at Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire on Sunday 23 March, where the theme for the day is Wartime Leicestershire. This promises to be an excellent day out for...
Brush Works, Loughborough
Within the larger Charnwood Roots project are two oral history projects; ‘Our Working Lives’ and ‘Charnwood’s War’. The first project focusses on local people who have worked in an industry or for a company that has made a contribution to the area. This could be anyone...
Barlestone school
Leicestershire VCH Trust's 2013 Student County Historian project is now complete. The students have created a new web resource on the history of Leicestershire's schools between 1818 and 1851. They have also written more detailed essays on some of Leicestershire's schools (...
Wesleyan Chapel Leire (1863)
The 2013 Leicestershire VCH Newsletter is now available, containing information about our Charnwood Roots project, this year's Student County Historian programme, our Chapels project and much more besides.
VCH volunteers visit Sileby
Leicestershire VCH volunteers met at St Mary’s church in Sileby on 17 June for our annual guided walk, led by VCH volunteer Eric Wheeler. Anyone who has travelled on the train between London and Nottingham has passed through Sileby, as the main line bisects the village, but few purposely...
Rocky outcrops of Bradgate Park in Charnwood Forest
Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust has been awarded a grant of £363,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out its four-year Charnwood Roots project.   The project will investigate the history of thirty-five towns and villages in and around Charnwood Forest and...
There's no doubt now!
There's huge excitement here in Leicester, as the bones found under a council car park in August have been confirmed 'beyond reasonable doubt' by an inter-disciplinary team from the University of Leicester as those of Richard III. At first, the chances of finding Richard III seemed...
It's rare for an archaeologist to be able to identify the person whose bones they have found, but the whole world is waiting to see if the bones found under a Leicester City Council staff car park in August are those of King Richard III. DNA and other tests are now complete, and the results...
Knife handle found at Ibstock
Coinciding with a major international archaeology conference taking place at the University of Leicester, The Past beneath Your Feet is a free family afternoon of history and archaeology events taking place on the main University of Leicester campus from 12.00-17.00 on Saturday 12 January...
Barton-in-the-Beans Baptist Church
Leicestershire VCH would like volunteers to help us to research the history of Nonconformist religious congregations in the county. The information collected will be used in future VCH entries, and will also appear online, as part of a new web resource which will be launched in 2013.   Plenty...
Leicestershire schools
Leicestershire VCH will be running another summer project in June and July 2013, when students from the University of Leicester will be helping us to research the history of Leicestershire schools. They will be producing written pieces for the VCH website and also creating a new web resource.
More probate inventories have been transcribed and added to the Leicestershire pages, and we will soon have over 150 published transcripts on this site. A further batch will follow shortly, and will include Anthony Gore of Lutterworth (died 1689), whose possessions at death included (in the...
The original Baptist Chapel at Sutton-in-the Elms with its larger 1815 extension
There is much excitement in Leicester at the moment, as the search for Richard III continues. Archaeologists are now confident that they have located the Greyfriars church, and are now looking for the king's remains. The site will be open to the public on Saturday 8 Sept - for details see http...
HM The Queen visits Leicester at the start of her Diamond Jubilee tour
The summer 2012 Newsletter from Leicestershire VCH Trust is now available to download. This contains details of our recent Student County Historian project, the development of resources for schools and an update on our Charnwood project, where our application is about to be sent to HLF.
Deer grazing beneath an ancient pollard oak at Bradgate Park
Over the next few weeks the Leicestershire VCH team will be increasing awareness of our work in Leicestershire through attendance at two major events which are each likely to attract several thousand visitors. We shall be at the National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill...
St Philip & St James, Ratby
If only the walls could talk ... Dr Pam Fisher, volunteer coordinator for Leicestershire VCH, will be talking briefly on BBC Radio Leicester on Sunday 1 July about how the fabric of a parish church and documents about its history can illuminate the history of a community. She was interviewed for...
Learn how to 'read' your parish church at this free event
The parish church is often the oldest building in a town or village. If the walls could talk they could tell all sorts of tales ... and they can. At this FREE BBC event, at the historic Sir John Moore school  designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Dr Pam Fisher, Volunteer Coordinator for...
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