New web resources for the history of Leicestershire’s schools

Posted by er134 at Sep 18, 2013 09:24 AM |
University of Leicester students to present their research on local history of education at public event on Thursday 19 September

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 September 2013

Over the summer, 13 students from the University of Leicester offered their time as volunteers to help Leicestershire VCH Trust to research the history of education in several villages in Leicestershire between 1700 and the present day. The students received training in historical research methods and also developed wider employability skills.

Using original documents held at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland and at The National Archives in Kew, they explored the history of the schools in places ranging from villages such as Bagworth and Kilby to larger settlements like Oadby and Countesthorpe. Their essays have now been published on the VCH Explore website, as part of a national project to research the history of every town and village in England: http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/explore/

The students discovered that many new schools were set up between 1818 and 1850, yet important information collected and recorded in parliamentary returns and national surveys is not readily available to local historians. This key information for the schools in 36 Leicestershire villages has now been placed online at: http://www.leicestershirehistory.co.uk/, and more villages will be added by other volunteers working on the wider VCH project in Leicestershire.

Some of the students who helped with this project will present their findings at a public event at the University of Leicester at 6pm on Thursday 19 September. For more information, or to attend, please contact Dr Pamela Fisher at the University on 0116 252 5722, or email: leicsvch@le.ac.uk

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Note to editors:

Originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the Victoria County History, or VCH, was rededicated to Queen Elizabeth II to mark her diamond jubilee in 2012. It aims to publish a history of every town, village and hamlet in England, from the first settlers to the present day. Five volumes have been published for Leicestershire: three general volumes about the county and two topographical volumes, about the city (published in 1958) and the Market Harborough area (published in 1964).

Leicestershire VCH Trust, a registered charity, was formed in 2008 to raise money to complete further Leicestershire volumes, and provides free training and support to volunteer historians around the county who are researching parish histories for publication within this series.

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