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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, a
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Hoskins Day 24 June 2017

Our speaker this year will be Professor Dawn Hadley of Sheffield University, known to most of you for her memorable book, 'The Northern Danelaw'.

Professor Hadley is working on Torksey, and the lecture will be entitled "From Tents to Townhouses - the Viking Great Army and the origin of the borough of Torksey".


Spring Study Weekend - Lincoln

March 31st - April 2nd 2017 - Includes 2 nights B&B and dinner at the Lincoln Hotel - activities include tour of the Cathedral, Gainsborough Hall and East Kirkby airfield

This year’s visit to Lincoln we will see some of the splendours of the city including the stunning Cathedral (especially the west doorway) and the imposing castle which preserved one of the original versions of the Magna Carta of 1215.  In the afternoon we shall travel by coach to East Kirkby Heritage Aviation Centre where we will see an original Lancaster Bomber and hear of the part the airfield played in WWII. Sunday morning we will go to Gainsborough Old Hall, a gem of late C15  origin
The time table will be as follows:
Friday 31st March:
Meet at the Lincoln Hotel (Eastgate, LN2 1PN) at 4.30pm when we will have a short introduction to the area by a local specialist. After dinner we will have a further speaker
Saturday 1st April:
A.M. Tour of the Cathedral followed by a visit to the Castle.
P.M. By coach to East Kirkby Heritage Airfield
After Dinner:  Talk on Lincoln’s History
Sunday 2nd April
A short car drive takes us to the splendid Gainsborough Old Hall, then Lunch and depart.
See here for the flyer and booking form


Autumn Activities

The autumn outing is still a work in progress but is likely to be in mid-September and we have Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries in the frame.

In addition to the Friends' programme, I am aware of a pending conference to be held at Leicester in November again jointly with LPSS: So, plenty of opportunities to get together and share our love of ELH.


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