Category Archives: Leicestershire

Content relating to the historic county of Leicestershire

Leicestershire Green Plaque Awards Scheme

The Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards are awarded to people and places around the county, nominated and voted for by the people of Leicestershire.

The shortlist has been announced and you can now vote for your favourites. There are six commemorative plaques to award and the last day to vote is Monday 31 July 2017.

To vote please use the online voting form.

Here are the 12 shortlisted nominees, click on a name to find out more:

East Midlands History & Heritage Magazine, Issue 2 out!

EMHHDec2015coverA wide variety of historical articles in the latest edition of East Midlands History & Heritage: letters from Charlie Clarke on the Western Front to his girlfriend back in Gainsborough; the trial and execution in 1823 of three men convicted of sodomy; defamation in Nottinghamshire in the early modern period; The Battle of Waterloo and Nottinghamshire’s ‘chosen men’; the Reformatory at Mount St. Bernard in Leicestershire; Magna Carta and the Uffington
Connection; discovering the Archaeology of Rufford Abbey Country Park 2013-2015; the Mayflower Pilgrims
in the East Midlands; Ellerslie House for Paralysed
Sailors and Soldiers in Nottingham.

Read the magazine ….

East Midlands History & Heritage Magazine, Issue 1!

EMHHJune2015coverThe English Civil War is the central theme of this issue – chosen to coincide with the opening of the new national Civil War Museum at Newark. Charles I always recognised this strategic importance of the region; it was in Nottingham that he chose to raise his standard on  22 August 1642. Bloody sieges followed, particularly at Newark, but also at Bolingbroke and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Nottingham, Lincoln, Gainsborough became ‘frontier towns’, decisive engagements were fought at Naseby, Winceby and Willoughby on the Wolds. The East Midlands became the gateway through which rival armies passed; to deny access became a chief objective for both sides. War brought disease, treachery and heroism. Its social costs were high; its legacy in terms of destruction, disruption and disability was far reaching.

Read the magazine for more….

Loughborough History and Heritage Network

loughborough-town-hallThe Loughborough History and Heritage Network was launched in December 2014 as a collaboration between Loughborough University and Charnwood Museum.

Our aim is to:

  • foster discussion about the history and heritage of Loughborough and Charnwood by bringing  together interested individuals and groups
  • provide a platform for sharing information about local history and heritage
  • enhance collaboration between Loughborough University and community history organisations

Our features range from the Loughborough Workhouse Elections of 1893 to Indian Thought and the shadow of Lord Macaulay (a talk by Sir Christopher Bayly at Rothley Temple); there is also an account of the career of Walter Freud (Sigmund’s grandson), who was arrested during his chemistry exam at Loughborough College, then interned but ended the war  in the Special Operation Executive, and much more.

We welcome contributions.

We are holding a Community History Day at Burleigh Court (Loughborough University) on Sunday, 21st June, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Entry is free but please contact Karen Ette at if you want to come.

Dr Robert Knight
Department of Politics, History
and International Relations
Loughborough University