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Founded 1855

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While restrictions are still in place on public gatherings, we will be holding our lectures this year on line using Zoom, and this has been a very successful change. Anyone is welcome to attend the lectures with a maximum number of 500. Please see the lecture programme for more information (11/11/2020)

Transactions 94 and Leicestershire Historian 56

The 2020 Transactions and Leicestershire Historian have now been published. We have recently decided to make all but the most current issues available online, and the relevant pages have now been updated. Please visit the publications pages to download our complete library of publications up until 2019 for free. (19/1/2021).

Secretary Role

We are delighted to announce that as of March 2021 Jim Butler has agreed to pick up the Secretary reins from Nigel Atter. We would like to thank Nigel for all his hard work over the last year and wish him luck with his other projects.

Transactions to ADS Project

Perhaps you are self-isolating and at a loose end? If you have any knowledge of contributors to Transactions in recent and not-so-recent years, please find out about our Transactions to ADS project, and how you could help, here.

Newsletter 108

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


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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 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 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 503240.

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