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Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society
Founded 1855

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Bob Rutland

We learned with sadness that Bob Rutland passed away on 22/4/2022. Bob had been President and Vice President of the Society in recent years, was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable supporter who will be very much missed.

Treasurer Role

We are delighted to announce that as of March 2022 Simon Atkins has agreed to take on the vacant Treasurer role. Matthew Beamish has been covering the post since last September.

Newsletter 114

The latest Newsletter has now been sent to members. Download a copy here here


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.

The Society has a Networks Project Officer who coordinates a listing of people, groups and societies involved in researching Leicestershire's & Rutland's past. Networks Project PDF_icon: (this list was accurate at the time it was compiled in 2015, but may no longer be. We are currently working to update it).

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 300KB

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 11/5/2022

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