About Us

Who we are Welcome to Leicestershire History, the site that will help you to explore the rich history and heritage of one of England’s lesser-known counties. We are a broad mix of historians, archaeologists, business people and others who are passionate about Leicestershire’s history. We formed Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust in 2008 to establish a community history project that would research and publish a history of each of Leicestershire’s towns and villages across seven key themes, ranging chronologically from the arrival of the first settlers to the present day:

The development of the landscape

Landowners and estates

Farming and industry

Social life

Religious life

Local government


These will be published online initially and, as groups of parishes are completed, as part of the internationally renowned Victoria County History (VCH) series of volumes that can be consulted in many libraries worldwide. The last Leicestershire volumes in this series, covering the city parishes and Market Harborough and its surrounding villages, were published in 1958 and 1964 respectively, when work ceased. Research has now recommenced on some of the remaining towns and villages, and we are both proud and delighted that HM Queen Elizabeth II accepted the rededication of this national series to her to mark her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

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