About the project

The Charnwood Roots project (2013-17) was conceived, planned and run by Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim of the project was to increase local understanding of why Charnwood’s history is special through a range of activities including documentary research, landscape and building surveys, community digs, fieldwalking and public outreach.

Since the project ended in 2017, we have been raising money towards stage 2. This will turn the data collected into written parish histories of each of the 35 Towns, villages and hamlets within the project area. Some money has been raised, but we have further to go before work can start. When work gets underway we will be recruiting volunteers to help us with this second stage. We want to consult with different communities in the town to understand which topics are important to them. We shall need help with research to fill gaps in our knowledge. We shall also need assistance in spreading the word through events and displays.

If you would like to help, please get in touch to register your interest. Don’t worry if you have little or no experience as free training will be provided. The support of the local community and volunteer involvement in this project is absolutely vital to its success. We need you to be Charnwood Roots’ Champions and spread the word, encourage people to join in and help us make connections with your area.

Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust
Charnwood Roots is a Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust initiative, part ofa national research project to research and write a reference history of every town, village and hamlet in England. Leicestershire is one of the counties where this history is incomplete, with over 300 locations yet to be researched. The Charnwood Roots project is a very important part of completing this work for Leicestershire. Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust is a registered charity (1128575) and a registered company (6683052).

The Charnwood Roots project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional financial and in-kind support from the University of Leicester and a range of otherlocal organisations.

Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust (registered charity no. 1128575) trains and supports volunteer researchers, carries out educational work with local schools and community groups and aims to produce a multi-volume reference history of Leicestershire for the national Victoria County History series. Our work allows adults and children across the county to gain new skills, learn about the history of Leicestershire and build a lasting record that will inspire, inform and delight residents of our county for generations to come.