Leicestershire News and events

Volunteer Coordinator Dr Pam Fisher will be presenting a paper about the work of Leicestershire VCH and some recent discoveries during the Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, which will be held at the University of Warwick on 25-27 May http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/calendar/...
Leicestershire volunteers in Anstey
Having attended a series of workshops over the Spring term on completing the social history section of their parish histories, even the rain and an unseasonably cold evening could not deter Leicestershire volunteers from touring two contrasting villages, led by volunteers Michael Tedd and Richard...
The Leicestershire VCH stall at Beaumanor on 25 March
A gloriously sunny day brought the crowds to Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire on Sunday 25 March. Many hundreds attended, and the tickets for all the talks, including Project Development Officer Dr Julie Attard's talk on our Charnwood project, were taken up very quickly...
Wigston United Reformed Church is proud of its history
A new project will be launched in Leicestershire in June and July 2012, working with a group of history undergraduates at the University of Leicester to explore the religious history of a group of parishes to the south of Leicester city centre. The results of this research will be published online...
Further Leicestershire probate inventories added
Probate inventories are a fantastic resource for family historians as well as those interested in parish histories, agriculture, living standards and many other things besides. Researchers in Leicestershire are gradually transcribing inventories for the parishes being studied for the VCH. As...
The ruins of Grace Dieu priory, in Charnwood
Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust has been awarded a development grant of £19,100 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their ‘Charnwood Roots’ project. In August 2012 the Trust submitted its detailed plans for this major heritage project that will research the...
Wills and inventories transcribed by Leicestershire volunteers are gradually being added to the work in progress pages of this site. To increase the usefulness of these transcripts to family historians and others, an index has been added to the foot of the Work in Progress pages.
Michael Wood signing copies of his book at Leicester on 20 May 2011
Historian and television presenter Michael Wood spoke warmly about the VCH to a packed audience at Leicester on 20 May. In talking about producing his acclaimed series The Story of England, he praised the VCH (Kibworth is one of a small number of parishes included in the published volumes for...
Michael Wood's Story of England
Historian and television presenter Michael Wood talks about filming his acclaimed series 'Story of England', and why Leicestershire history matters. Tickets £10 each, to include wine reception and parking, available from The Secretary, 5 Salisbury Road, Leicester, LE1 7QR. Please...
Leicestershire volunteers have recently visited three churches, learning how the fabric and fittings can shed light on the religious history of a village.
Volunteers in Leicestershire are busy transcribing original documents for their parishes from the 17th and early 18th centuries, and these are now gradually being added to the work in progress section of this site
Charnwood Forest
LVCHT has submitted a first-round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a four-year project based on the Charnwood area of north Leicestershire. If successful, we will be able to involve more than 400 volunteers in the project, as well as local businesses and community groups. Volunteers...
Some of our Leicestershire volunteers
We have held three Saturday workshops this year to help our volunteers read handwriting from the 17th century, using glebe terriers, probate inventories and wills from the parishes they are studying. Each has been attended by around 20 volunteers. The workshops have revealed the wide range of...
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