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Founded 1855

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Dissertation Prizes 2023 

In celebration of the coronation of Charles III we are delighted to launch a new competition. Prizes are offered for Archaeology and History dissertations - please see here for all the details     

History Fair 2023 

The History Fair was held on 18/3/2023 at Beaumanor Hall. The event was a great success and provided a much needed opportunity for the many active local groups to meet up, and for the wider public to come along and get a taste for all the interesting things that are going on by visiting stalls and attending activities and talks.



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The latest publications have been sent to private  and institutional members.              


Photograph of the Jewry Wall in Leicester
Jewry Wall in Leicester
Photograph of Theddingworth plan map

The Society was founded in 1855 and over the years has changed its name slightly, but its aims have virtually remained the same; 'to promote the study of history, archaeology, antiquities and architecture of the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland'. Membership stands at around 400 and in addition some 100 institutions receive our annual publication around the world. In June 2021 the Society became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Our main activities centre around the lecture programme, publications, historic buildings and research. Each year we publish a series of articles in our annual volume Transactions which also includes a summary of all archaeological activity which has taken place in the city and county in the previous year. We also publish annually the Leicestershire Historian and several Newsletters.

In recent years the Society has compiled a listing of people, groups and societies involved in researching Leicestershire's & Rutland's past. The list is available to download as   Networks Project PDF_icon. (This list was last updated in December 2015 and may no longer be accurate).

Grants are available for Research, Public Heritage and the Acquisition of documents and objects: please see this page for more information.

In 2023 we launched a Dissertation Prize: please see this page for details.

Having celebrated our 150th anniversary we now look forward to strengthening the work of the Society in order to maintain its position as the premier archaeological and historical society in the county. Further details of the Society can be found on this web site as can an application form for membership PDF 129KB

The Society is registered with the UK Charity Commission - Registered Charity 1195000. The Society's constitution can be found here charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) and Governance guidance here.

Page last updated 6/5/2023

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