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Heritage Lottery success for Charnwood history project

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Heritage Lottery success for Charnwood history project

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 Loughborough. 400 volunteers will have a unique opportunity to contribute and to investigate their local history with the help of professional historians and archaeologists. Free training will be given and those without any previous experience will be welcomed and encouraged to take part. There will be opportunities for...

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It’s Richard !!!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in News | 0 comments

It’s Richard !!!

There’s huge excitement here in Leicester today (4 February 2013), as the bones found under a council car park in August have been confirmed ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ by a team of researchers from the University of Leicester as those of Richard III. At first, the chances of finding Richard III seemed remote. History records his burial in the choir of the Greyfriars’ church, but the plan of the building was unknown, the whole area has been disturbed many times by later buildings, and there are still buildings on part of the site, so whether the choir could be identified...

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Whose bones?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Whose bones?

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 will be announced at a media conference at the University of Leicester on Monday 4 February at 10 am. Although the public will not be able to attend, the event is being live-streamed by the BBC from 10 am. Are these the mortal remains of the last Plantagenet, slain at the Battle of Bosworth in...

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First research guides launched

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Research guides have now been added to this site to help those interested in studying farms and farming in their parish. If you find these useful, we would be delighted to hear from you, and would also be pleased to hear the results of any research you do. Further research guides will follow in the next few weeks.

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Volunteers required

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Volunteers required

We are now seeking volunteers to help us to collect information about religious life in Leicestershire since 1850. The information collected will  appear online, as part of a new web resource which will be launched in 2013, and will also feature in the parish histories we are writing for publication. There are several different ways in which you could help us, and as much of the research can be done online, you don’t even have to live in Leicestershire. Now the cold dark winter nights are here, if you have a PC at home, why not stay in and contribute towards our research project? Or...

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Ongoing progress

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Ongoing progress

The project to research and write a history of  every Leicestershire town and village is progressing well. Between 1-15 October 2012 the work of Leicestershire VCH team has included: Continuing research into the religious history of Lutterworth Reading 16th-century wills and inventories for Thurcaston Transcribing an early 14th-century inquisition ‘ad quod damnun’ for Groby Completing research into historic buildings in Leire Continuing research into the economic history of Queniborough

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