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 2020-21

Seminars will be delivered live and remotely on the following dates and times. You can join these sessions from your home computer via Blackboard Collaborate. You do not need to download any special software to join these sessions. Simply click on the links below which act as an entry key into the virtual seminar room. Sessions will open 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the paper. Please ensure that your video and microphones are off during the paper. There will be opportunities to ask questions directly after the paper.

8 October, 2.15pm Matt Bristow, ‘The pre-industrial Lowestoft Fish Office: another red herring?

22 October, 2.15pm Dr Bill Shannon, ‘New light on the medieval Gough map of Britain

5 November, 2.15pm Dr Adam Chapman, ‘Where next for the Victoria County History?’

19 November, 2.15pm Dr Melodee Beals, ‘The Provincial-Provincial Public Sphere: Scotland, New Zealand and the Newspaper Press in the Age of Telegraph and Steam.

3 December, 2.15pm Prof. Martin Johnes, ‘Humbug and a Welsh Hindu: a small history of race, language and begging in nineteenth-century Liverpool.’

21 January, 2.15pm Dr Xuesheng You, ‘Women’s labour force participation in nineteenth-century England and Wales.’

4 February, 2.15pm Dr Carry van Lieshout, ‘Female entrepreneurship: business, marriage and motherhood in England and Wales, 1851-1911.’

18 February, 7pm Dr Bethany Marsh, ‘”Overfrighted and feared”: feelings, attitudes and responses to fear during the 1641 Irish rebellion.’

4 March, 2.15pm Prof. Phil Batman, ‘Migration from Swaledale during the collapse of the nineteenth-century lead mines.’

18 March, 2.15pm Dr Chris Zembe, ‘From Slave Trade to Scramble for Africa: the making of the Black population in Britain.’