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Membership of the Friends of the Centre for English Local History (FCELH) is open to anyone with an interest in local history, whether the history of Leicestershire or of any other part of the country. We are an active and enthusiastic group of local historians, with a wide range of interests.

The Friends of the Centre for English Local History is a registered charity (number 1073528) which supports the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester and its students, for example through the provision of library donations, student bursaries and practical help.

We have a programme of events, which includes study days and weekends, outings, lectures and conferences, a small publication programme, and an annual second-hand book sale. Subscribe to the mailing list to be kept up to date. Follow this link for more information
Future Programme



Chairman's Letter is in the post - copy can be found here.
The AGM will be held in November, the actual date will be published later when the seminar programme is available. At this year's Annual Meeting I will be retiring as your Chairman as required by the Constitution, in addition new members of the Committee will be needed so please give consideration to putting your name forward as a candidate.

Bullet Friends help needed with exciting collaboration between Centre and Google. FieldTrip

Autumn Outing: A day visit to Warwick on Saturday 13 September 2014. Details have been posted with the chairman's letter.
This is a splendid opportunity to learn more about this fascinating market town which has been described as 'a remarkably well preserved old town' (John Martin Robinson - The Architecture of England); to see the inspiring architecture of St Mary's, especially the fan vaulted Beauchamp Chapel, and experience the sheer antiquity of the half-timbered Lord Leycester Hospital (1571).

Bullet Farmers, consumers and innovators: the world of Joan Thirsk - A conference to be held by the Centre (not the Friends) at the University of Leicester - Saturday 20 September 2014. More details here.

November Conference:  'The Local History of the Family'. Saturday 22nd November 2014.
This will be a full day conference in the Ken Edwards Building on the main campus which promises to be yet a further venture into what is a growing interest among the population at large and we shall have the benefit of hearing seven eminent speakers on various aspects of this fascinating subject. Full details will be sent, as usual, later in the year.


York Weekend -10-12 April 2015 at Askham Bryan Agricultural College.
While on the subject of forthcoming occasions may I mention that next year is the year in which our biennial weekend study tour will take place and you will not be surprised when I tell you that plans are already afoot to visit that icon of the North, the City of York - 'the most intact of England's larger historic towns' (I M Robinson).


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