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History Fair, Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, April 15th, 2018

About the day

On April 15th, 2018, the Society will be hosting another History Fair, similar to past events in 2012 and 2014. This year the Fair will mark the centenary of the First World War, with local museums, projects, and history groups exhibiting their research on how the conflict affected the people of Leicester and Leicestershire.

Over 30 stallholders will be exhibiting on the day, including: the Western Front Association (Leics. & Rutland Branch); Century of Stories project; Unknown Soldier (Military Archive & Soldier Research); Leics. & Rutland At Risk War Memorials Project; the museum services of both Leicester City and County councils, and many local museums and history groups.

The day will also have an Archaeology Roadshow. Here visitors will be able to handle ancient artefacts, bring their own items in to be identified by experts, and view part of the Roman mosaic unearthed last Summer during excavations at the former Stibbe site in Leicester city centre. Alongside this, visitors can find out how to get involved with local groups such as Leicestershire Fieldworkers, the Bosworth Links project, and the Young Archaeologists Club.

A programme of talks will run throughout the day (see below), and there will also be a dramatised Court-Martial - based on original records from 1918 - of a soldier in the Leicestershire Regiment (see below).

In addition to the stalls, talks, and Archaeology Roadshow, there will be a children's activity area and a free heritage bus taking visitors from the Great Central Railway station at Quorn to Beaumanor Hall (see below for details).

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Programme of Talks

Pre-booking is essential, and a donation of £2 per ticket (payable on the day at the LAHS stall) is requested. See below for talk times and titles. Click the links to find out more about each talk, and to reserve tickets. (All talks except 'The Trial of Joseph Nisbet' are on the first floor of Beaumanor Hall, and as a listed building there is unfortunately no disabled access).

Timeslot Talk name Details and Booking
10:15 - 11:00 Leicester at War 1914-1918 Talk abstract and booking here
10:45 - 11:30 The Danelaw Saga: How the Vikings never left the East Midlands Talk abstract and booking here
11:15 - 12:00 Three Leicester Suffragettes at War Talk abstract and booking here
11:45 - 12:30 An Introduction to Swithland Slate Headstones Talk abstract and booking here
12:15 - 1:00 Passchendaele: Politics & Valour Talk abstract and booking here
12:45 - 1:45 The Trial of Private Joseph Nisbet, First Batallion The Leicestershire Regiment (dramatisation) Abstract of dramatisation and booking here
1:15 - 2:00 Military History of the 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, 1914-1918 Talk abstract and booking here
1:45 - 2:30 Hunter or Hunted? The Life and Times of Sir William Turville (1472-1549) Talk abstract and booking here
2:15 - 3:00 Controversy and Local War Memorials
Talk abstract and booking here
2:45 - 3:45 Archaeology after Richard III: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Leicester Talk abstract and booking here
3:15 - 4:00 The Unknown Warrior Talk abstract and booking here


Transport and Directions


Beaumanor Hall is easily accessible by car, and has free parking attended by marshals. For directions by road visit Beaumanor Hall's website here


There are no bus services to Woodhouse on Sunday, but the Arriva Midland Service 127 stops in nearby Quorn opposite the Quorndon Fox. The 127 bus covers Leicester, Birstall, Rothley, Quorn, Loughborough, and Shepshed. Click here to for the timetable (make sure the ‘Sunday’ box is ticked). From here you can walk to the Quorn & Woodhouse Great Central Railway Station 0.9 miles away from the bus stop (up Loughborough Road then left onto Woodhouse Road) and hop on the free vintage bus to Beaumanor Hall.

Great Central Railway

In partnership with the Great Central Railway and the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust, we are happy to announce that visitors making their way to the Fair using the Great Central Railway can receive 10% off Normal Fares and free parking at any GCR Stations (Leicester North, Loughborough, Rothley, and Quorn & Woodhouse). A free vintage bus link between Quorn & Woodhouse Station and Beaumanor Hall will also run throughout the day. To claim this offer visit the Eventbrite page (here), and click 'register'. Make sure to print the free ticket(s) when they are emailed to you, and show them to staff at the Great Central Railway on the day. For information on fares and train timetables, visit www.gcrailway.co.uk

If you have pick up a physical copy of the History Fair leaflet (see pictures in the panel on the right of this screen), then displaying it at GCR stations will also allow you to claim this offer.