The Society has always made small grants for research, but larger sums are now available. See Research Fund page for information and guidance.
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 county'. Membership stands at around 400 and in addition some 100 institutions receive our annual publication around the world.
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 : (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 503240.