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At 123 years old, the Victoria County History (VCH) is the largest and longest-running Local History Project in the world. It aims to produce a history of every place in England. It’s now part of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute of Historical Research. 

This session will explore stories from that history across those 123 years focussing on the place of the project and its place in the historical ecosystem. This will include the role of the VCH as a major employer of women historians from the very earliest days and as a training ground for historians of all kinds from the past, present and future. 

Please join us hear three contrasting perspectives from within and outside the project. 

Our panel:  
  • Professor John Beckett, former VCH Director who has researched and published on the early history of the VCH 
  • Dr Amara Thornton, whose Beyond Notability project is exploring the histories of women active in archaeology, history and heritage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as revealed in the archives of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Royal Archaeological Institute including many of the ‘VCH Ladies’.  
  • Matthew Bristow, outgoing VCH Architectural and Archaeological editor  

This panel discussion will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ to Matthew Bristow as he moves on to a new role at Historic England.

All welcome- this seminar is free to attend, but advance registration is required.

Please note that this is an in-person only session.