Exploring Leicestershire's History

Exploring Leicestershire's History

Leicestershire VCH Trust thanked donors, volunteers and other supporters on 19 November with an afternoon of local history talks and a viewing of two of the short videos we have made as part of our Heritage Lottery-funded Charnwood Roots community project.

After a welcome by our Trust chairman, Squire de Lisle, Volunteer Programme Manager Dr Pam Fisher spoke about the changing architectural and social character of Buckminster village between 1793 and 1935, a parish in NE Leicestershire which she has recently been researching with local volunteers with the aim of producing a paperback VCH parish history. VCH volunteer Delia Richards followed with a talk about some of the unusual content in Castle Donington's Town Book, one of the primary sources which proved invaluable when researching our forthcoming history of Castle Donington, which will be published in paperback in early 2017. The next three 'papers' were to be presented by staff employed on the Charnwood Roots project. Unfortunately, illness prevented Project Manager Dr Julie Attard from telling us about Rothley's 'Big Dig', but a short film had been made of the weekend, and this was introduced on her behalf by Professor Christopher Dyer. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of so many local people, including children, who took part in the project and were keen to discover what lay beneath village gardens. Dr Joseph Harley, who joined the Charnwood Roots team in May for a 5-month internship, followed with details of his documentary research with volunteers on poverty and charity in Charnwood parishes. Finally, Dr Susan Kilby, formerly Volunteer Support Manager for Charnwood Roots, talked about the medieval palaeography classes she delivered as part of her contribution to the project, including a video of some of her class members, who have enjoyed learning a new skill and are starting to read some of the earliest documents to survive about life in the Charnwood Forest area. 

The afternoon concluded with tea and cakes, with informal discussion while browsing our displays of some of the other recent research which has been done by the VCH in Leicestershire.