Victoria County History Leicestershire

For more details about the VCH project, including details of parishes being researched and draft parish history sections.

VCH Explore

Transcripts of documents being used in our parish history research can be found here, including around 300 Leicestershire probate inventories, mostly from the 17th century. These are lists of the possessions owned by someone when they died, so they are valuable for family historians and for the social and economic history of towns and villages. Search by parish name or personal name.


Charnwood Roots

This project is also part of Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust and is exploring the history of 35 towns, villages and hamlets in and around Charnwood Forest, through archaeology, landscape studies, documentary research and oral history. We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their financial support for this work.


British Association for Local History

The BALH aims to encourage interest and enthusiasm for local history among people of all ages, and to share best practice, knowledge and skills. It publishes quarterly journals and newsletters, holds an annual conference and offers guided visits to places of interest. It also offers low cost insurance for local history societies.


Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society

This society promotes archaeological and historical research into Leicestershire’s past through a regular lecture programme and by publishing high-quality research.


My Leicestershire History

An online resource of photographs, films and books about Leicestershire made available by the University of Leicester.


Building and Enriching Shared Heritages

Online training resources for local history groups and individuals covering a wide range of topics, from research to publication.


Go Leicestershire!

Links to Leicestershire’s museums.


Hinckley Past and Present

An online community collecting and sharing information about the history of Hinckley and surrounding villages.


Loughborough Heritage and History Network

A collaboration between Loughborough University and Charnwood Museum, sharing aspects of the history of Loughborough and the surrounding area.