Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust

Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust (LVCHT) was launched in May 2009 to raise funds for and support and promote the Victoria County History project in Leicestershire. We work with volunteers across Leicestershire to research and write the history of the parishes in this county, for publication by the VCH. We are a registered charity (no. 1128575) and are able to claim gift aid on eligible donations. Money raised goes towards providing training and support for our volunteers in Leicestershire, the cost of travel to distant archive offices, other research and publication. Although locally-held records form an important part of our research, most parish histories require more than one trip to Kew as well as visits to other archive offices in London, Northampton, Lincoln, and often elsewhere.

It took a while to raise enough money to make meaningful progress, but our first two paperbacks were published in 2017: histories of Castle Donington and of Buckminster and Sewstern. Our history of Ibstock was published in 2020, and Lutterworth in 2022.  We are currently raising money to write and publish a 'Red Book', which will cover the town of Loughborough and its surrounding parishes. Much of the research for this volume has been completed by our volunteers, as part of our Charnwood Roots project, which ran from 2013-2017. We are very grateful to them for their help.

We take care to respect the privacy of all our supporters. Our privacy statement can be found on the link below.


Mike Kapur, OBE


  • The Chairman of Leicestershire County Council
  • The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leicester
  • The Bishop of Leicester
  • The President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester
  • The Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University
  • The Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University
  • John Aldridge Esq OBE DL
  • Major Richard Bream TD DL
  • Professor Sir Robert Burgess DL
  • Baroness Byford DBE DL
  • Professor Rosemary Cramp DBE
  • Baron Glendonbrook CBE
  • Jennifer, Lady Gretton DCVO
  • Lars Tharp Esq
  • David Wilson Esq CBE DL
  • Professor Michael Wood

Charity Trustees

  • Squire de Lisle DL (Chair)
  • Gordon Arthur Esq
  • Robert Collins Esq MVO DL
  • Professor Christopher Dyer CBE
  • Simon Gravett Esq
  • Professor Marilyn Palmer

Our executive committee, which meets regularly, also includes Dr Pamela Fisher, Dr David Holmes and Professor Andrew Hopper.

We are grateful to the University of Leicester, Leicestershire County Council, and all our other donors for their initial and ongoing support, and to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors who have supported our four-year Charnwood Roots project, which concluded in 2017.

LVCHT relies on charitable donations to support our work. Please consider becoming a Friend of the Trust, joining our 200 Club (details below), or making a donation to support our ongoing work in Leicestershire. We also have a legacy scheme, and please ask for details if you would like to support us through your will.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we have limited access to our office at the University of Leicester. Our current address, for further details or to make a donation, is Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust, Meadowside, Main Street, Kings Norton, Leicestershire, LE7 9BF. You can also contact us by email at leicsvch@le.ac.uk

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