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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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Hoskins Day 24 June 2017

Greetings, Friends!
Hoskins Day this year is on Saturday, 24th June.
We are fortunate to have secured as our Speaker, Dawn Hadley, Professor of Medieval Archaeology and Head of department at Sheffield University. Many will be well acquainted with her splendid work, 'The Northern Danelaw' and also 'The Vikings in England'.

As you will see from the flyer, she is currently focussing on Torksey, the Viking's first base beside the River Trent.

I am expecting a large turnout to hear her on the day, at what promises to be a highly illuminating lecture.

Hoping to see you then,
Noel Tornbohm

As usual, this is a public event and everyone is welcome to attend – there is a charge of £3 for non-members of the Friends but this gets you in for tea and cake in Marc Fitch House after the lecture with an opportunity to meet the speaker and members of the Friends. There is also a second hand book sale featuring all sorts of local history volumes at alluring prices. Lecture starts at 2:30pm in the Ken Edwards Building on the Leicester University campus as usual.


Martin Luther and the East Midlands

30 September 2017 10am-5pm De Montfort University, Leicester (Clephan Building) A one-day public history & archaeology conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation in Europe and Britain.

Read the flier and the draft programme


Visit to Staffordshire with the Friends

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - Staffordshire Hoard in the Stoke Museum and Gallery and the Gladstone Pottery Museum.The cost will be £25 to cover the entry fees, cost of guides, coffee and lunch. Please contact for more details.


LPSS Day Conference – Saturday 11 November 2017


Session 1: Transport routes, nodes and speeds in England and Wales 1670-1911
Session 2: Places, people and industries

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