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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
nd an annual second-hand book sale. Follow this link for more information Future Programme

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Chairman's Letter

Dear Friends,

Here we are, well into the New Year and 2016 is already history! So, if we can bring ourselves to look beyond Trump and Brexit. what else does 2017 hold for us? As usual, your Committee have tried to present a varied programme for your delectation and it looks like this:-

    Spring Study Weekend 31st March to 2nd April. This year we plan to visit Lincoln, taking in the cathedral, and castle of course. We will also have a coach trip to East Kirby Airfield, with its WW2 museum and on the Sunday, we will drive to Gainsborough to tour The Old Hall, 'One of the country's best preserved medieval manors'. Having taken on board your comments about Spartan accommodation, we have booked into a good hotel, so we should be able to study and relax in comfort. Please see the accompanying flyer and book early!

    Hoskins Day 17th June. I am delighted to have received confirmation that our speaker this year will be Profeessor Dawn Hadley of Sheffield University, known to most of you for her memorable book, 'The Northern Danelaw'. I will let you have further details in due course.

Autumn Outing. This 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.

Before I close, an apology to one of our number, John Wallace. John kindly undertook the unenviable task of penning an obituary to the late Ian Babbington, which we published in the last Newsletter. Unfortunately, the piece was wrongly captioned 'John Wallace (1961-2016)! John is, of couse, very much still with us and I hope not too upset.

As many of you will know, we also recently lost the formidable and much loved Roy Stuttard, a real stalwart of the Friends. His funeral is on Monday, 13th February, at at St Joseph's Church, Uppingham Rd., Leicester, LE5 6RA.

Yours sincerely,

Noel Tornbohm



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

Bullet The English Local History MA is celebrating 50 years teaching students. The Friends are helping in the anniversary with a website to collect reminiscences, Centre history and locations of favourite local history sites. Contributions from past students are being sought. Follow this link


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