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Loughborough Family History Society Meetings

The Loughborough Group of the Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society have sent us their programme of talks for this year. The group meets at All Saint’s Church, Thorpe Acre Road, Loughborough, LE11 4LF. Talks start at 7.30pm and all are … Continue reading


Impact Evaluation and Future Development Plan

We are seeking a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to conduct a) an impact evaluation and b) a future development plan for Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust’s Charnwood Roots project. The resulting reports will form part of Leicestershire Victoria County … Continue reading


Nichols for sale

Volunteer, Diane Denton, has three volumes of The history and antiquities of the county of Leicester by John Nichols to sell: Vol 1 Part 1 – Leicester (£60) Vol 3 Part 1 – East Goscote Hundred (£75) (copy previously owned … Continue reading


Get Involved

There are lots of opportunities to get involved either on a one-off or on a regular basis. If you’d like to meet like-minded people who care as much as you do about Charnwood’s heritage or just fancy learning something new … Continue reading


Researching wartime farming

“This young farmer seems to work hard and is somewhat queer-tempered but the land he is farming at present is enough ‘to give anyone the pip’. He pays 25/- per acre for land from the Groby Granite Co. and they … Continue reading


New faces at Charnwood Roots

A very warm welcome to Dr Joseph Harley who will be joining the Charnwood Roots team for three months to assist Dr Susan Kilby and the archival research volunteers with their social history research. Joe has recently completed a thesis … Continue reading


Join us for a walk through time

Discover 600 million years of history on your doorstep Back in the autumn of 2014, we held two workshops to introduce volunteers to the great diversity of ancient rocks present in Charnwood Forest. The area that we know as Charnwood … Continue reading


Help Us Dig Rothley

Our final community dig will be taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July during the Festival of Archaeology fortnight. Supported by archaeologists from the University of Leicester, we will be digging 1 metre test-pits in back gardens and … Continue reading


In Search of the Poor

Until I joined Charnwood Roots volunteers, I hadn’t studied history since school in the 1960s. I enjoyed history then, but, like many other people of my generation, I seem to remember spending most of the time on kings, queens and … Continue reading


Exploring Probate Inventories

A snapshot of Cropston in 1724, delving into probate inventories with volunteer Diane Denton …   Beneath the present-day landscape lies a story of history, peopled by those whose lives came before mine. You can get to meet some of … Continue reading