Lottery fund boosts local history project

Posted by pt91 at Aug 04, 2011 04:03 PM |
The University of Leicester is working with Leicestershire Victoria Country Trust to research the history of twenty-seven towns and villages in and around the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the project a grant of £19,100, with the opportunity to apply for the full £335,000 needed.

The University of Leicester will provide a base for the project, involving our Centre for English Local History and specialists across a number of departments and research institutes, such as the Beyond Distance Research Alliance and the East Midlands Oral History Archive.

The Leicestershire Victoria County History project is part of a national endeavour which began in 1899 to write the history of every town, village and hamlet in England. These local histories were published as 'big red books' for which the VCH is well-known.

The results of the project will be made available via a variety of online and offline source and, it is hoped, incorporated the Victoria History of the Counties of England.