The Friends arrange a regular programme of activities and events.

Each year we welcome a distinguished historian to deliver the W.G. Hoskins Lecture, named after the first head of the Department (now Centre) of English Local History at Leicester. Admission to this lecture is free to members, and is followed by tea and cakes.

Each year we have a summer outing, which generally includes a guided tour of a town and some of its most interesting buildings, often arranged with the help of a local history society. There is also a spring event, either a day conference or a study weekend.

Seminar Programme 2019-20

Held at Marc Fitch House, 5 Salisbury Road (LE1 7QR) beginning at 2.15pm. These are public meetings. All welcome.

10 October 2019 Professor Peter Edwards
William Lord Cavendish and his ward, his step-son, Francis Wortley [and his siblings], 1604-12

24 October 2019 Dr Charlotte Young
Sequestration in Leicestershire during the English Civil War

7 November 2019 Dr Sarah Holland
Communities in contrast: Doncaster and its rural hinterland, c. 1830-c. 1870

21 November 2019 Dr Paul Stamper
‘Britain needed aeroplanes’: First World War flax growing at Podington, Bedfordshire

5 December 2019 Professor Francis Prior
Ancient people and modern places: landscape history and a sense of identity

23 January 2020 Dr Katie Bridge
Landscape perspectives on the Leicestershire gentry, c.1460-1560

6 February 2020 Professor Paul Readman
Historical pageants in Britain, 1905-2019: locality, community and the performance of the past

20 February 2020 Dr Adam Chapman
Where next for the Victoria County History?
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed until a later date

5 March 2020 Dr Chris Zembe
From Slave Trade to scramble for Africa: the making of Black population in Britain
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed until a later date

19 March 2020 Matt Bristow
The pre-industrial Lowestoft Fish Office: another red herring?
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed until a later date

Please check the Centre website for any changes to the programme.