Photo of Professor Christopher Elrington

The County History Trust was established by the late Professor Christopher Elrington, General Editor of the VCH (1977–1994), following his retirement. He raised funds by means of his 1996 ‘Hike for History’, which passed through all 39 historic counties and received much media coverage. Sponsorship money went into the County History Trust, set up as an independent charity to support the writing of the VCH’s famous series of ‘red books’. The funds raised by the ‘Hike’ have been supplemented by donations, some of which are dedicated to work in particular counties.

Funds for active counties without their own trust or appeal, such a Middlesex and Yorkshire East Riding, are held by the County History Trust. The Trust can also fund new work in counties where work has already been completed or has stalled; in several counties, VCH histories were completed many years ago and would benefit from updating; in others only a few VCH volumes have ever been published. If you would like to help VCH continue and start new work in as many counties as possible, please consider donating to the County History Trust.


Your gift will be used to support research and publication costs at the trustees’ discretion, where possible for a nominated county or counties. A donation form can be found at the bottom of this page or you can contact the Treasurer Dr Paul Seaward at The History of Parliament, 18 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS or



Mr David Robinson (Hon. Secretary). former County Archivist, Surrey County Record Office.

Dr Paul Seaward (Hon.Treasurer).  Director, History of Parliament.

Dr Christopher Currie. Senior Research Fellow, IHR, University of London. VCH Director (1995-2000)

Professor Carole Rawcliffe. School of History, University of East Anglia.

Professor Nigel Saul. Department of History, Royal Holloway College, University of London