Loughborough and the villages and towns around it are built on centuries-worth of history. Here we share snapshots of the history of some of the people, places, buildings, institutions, folklore and traditions of the Charnwood area, as well as stories which explore national and international histories from a local perspective.

Get in touch if you have a local heritage story you’d like to share with the wider community.

  • New Exhibition about the Hastings’ Generations in the Library!

    24 November 2017

    A New Exhibition about the Hastings Family opens in the Library on 5 December (running till 29 January 2018)   Portrait of Henry Hastings ©Ashby Museum featuring the Battle of Cotes Bridge    Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers Loughborough Library, Granby Street,

  • Childhood remembered: Halloween vs Bonfire Night

    29 October 2017

    The nights are drawing in, the air has a crispness to it and supermarket entrance halls are piled high with pumpkins, ghoulish costumes and black and orange multipacks of sweets as the town readies itself for October 31st and the hoards of children who will bang on our doors, threatening to deliver ‘tricks’ if they […]

  • The Battle of Cotes – A new model by Gerald Berrington

    16 September 2017

    Gerald Berrington’s model of the Battle of Cotes Bridge will be part of the new Hastings Exhibition at Loughborough Library in December. The exhibition will tell the story of The Hastings family and their connection with Loughborough.

  • Luther in the East Midlands – Conference at DMU

    15 September 2017

    30 September 2017 10am-5pm De Montfort University, Leicester (Clephan Building) A one-day public history & archaeology conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation in Europe and Britain. The conference will examine some of the effects of the Reformation on the East Midlands in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Dr […]

  • Taylor’s Bells are transported to Ypres August 2017

    15 September 2017
  • Buffalo Bill Comes to Loughborough!

    15 September 2017
  • Leicestershire Green Plaques vote!

    5 July 2017

    The closing date for voting on Leicestershire Green Plaques is 31 July! The list is: Tommy Brown (awarded the George Medal during WWII) The Drill Hall (soldiers marched/rode to WWI from here) George Fox (founder of the Quaker movement) Capt Robert Gee (awarded the VC during WWI) Heathcoat & Boden’s Lace Factory (site of the […]

  • Charnwood Great War Centenary publication

    26 June 2017

    New!  For the Fallen: The Charnwood Great War Centenary Project Available from Loughborough Museum Charnwood Arts, 31 Granby Street, Loughborough Or All Saints Church parish office: please office@allsaintsloughborough.org.uk or call 01509 217029 to reserve a copy. Charnwood Great War Book

  • Saving the Old Rectory by Design: the story of 36 students and a Grade II listed site

    20 June 2017

    In August 2016 I was contacted by Loughborough University’s Design School who were looking for a local ‘issue’ for students on the Service Design for Social Innovation Masters course to design solutions for. I’m a member of Loughborough Archaeological and Historical Society (LAHS) and a volunteer at the Old Rectory Museum in Rectory Place, a […]

  • For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet

    4 May 2017

    Loughborough, May 2017 The Radar project ‘For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet’ was a collaboration between Radar and Loughborough University’s Dr Gillian Whiteley and Dr Jane Tormey, and brought together research into the radical traditions of the political pamphlet and contemporary art practice. Artists and collectives involved included Ruth Beale, Freee, Ferenc Gróf, […]

  • Loughborough Building Society Exhibition at Town Library

    10 March 2017
  • New Book: Bottesford and Muston: lest we forget

    9 March 2017

    Book launch

  • Ladybird Artists’ Exhibition – Loughborough Library

    10 October 2016

    Last week saw the opening of a new exhibition by Local Studies Volunteers at Loughborough Library, which celebrates the work of many artists commissioned by Ladybird Books during their years based in the town. The internationally renowned children’s book imprint was created in 1915 by Wills & Hepworth, a publishing and printing company with premises […]

  • Loughborough builds a County-wide Library Service

    23 September 2016

    Building a County-wide Library Service In 1922 Loughborough College Principal Herbert Schofield announced that he had secured a grant from the Carnegie UK Trust to set up a county-wide library service with its headquarters at the College. The College Registrar and the Head of the Department Extra Mural Adult Education were designated as honorary librarians. […]

  • The Martin Brothers: ‘True Patriots Who Did Their Duty’*

    12 September 2016

    ‘True Patriots Who Did Their Duty’* Yusef and Benyam Workinah Martin were the sons of Hakim** Workinah Eshete, known to the English by his adoptive name of Charles Workneh Martin. Their father had been found abandoned on an Ethiopian battlefield as a small child and taken by a British army officer to India, where he […]

  • ‘I Do Love Cricket – It’s So Very English’*

    7 September 2016

    In late 1919, thanks to the persuasive powers of Loughborough College Principal Herbert Schofield, the County Council bought 14 acres of land on Ashby Road for playing fields. Schofield was able to increase the area within months by purchasing a further parcel of land and acquired another 12 acres in 1921. Levelling the ground and […]

  • Jack Monk, portrait of a Loughborough Lock-keeper

    15 August 2016

    Loughborough resident Jennifer Harker shares a canal-side portrait she painted of lock-keeper Jack Monk in the 1970’s ‘Having just bought a second-hand, fibreglass canal cruiser, my husband and I were very fortunate to find a good mooring close to Bishop’s Meadow Lock in Loughborough, where we met the lock-keeper, Jack Monk.  His narrowboat, ‘Owl’, was moored just between […]

  • Loughborough Jewels: a participatory arts project

    8 August 2016

    In December 2015 I was invited to take part in a project which aimed to collect people’s memories of Loughborough and use them as a creative stimulus for making jewellery. The project was carried out by Roberta Bernabei, a lecturer in Contemporary Jewellery and Critical and Historical Studies at Loughborough University, whose creative pieces have […]

  • Anyone for Tennis?

    12 June 2016

    So Wimbledon’s here again with Sue Barker and a team of celebrity commentators on the BBC, including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Tim Henman. Look forward, if you’re there, to queues and controversial calls, tarpaulins and tantrums, rainy days and royalty. That grassy bank by Court No 1 with a view of the big screen […]

  • The Luddites are Coming! Local exhibition

    24 May 2016

      When Ned Ludd came to Loughborough: the 200th Anniversary of the Luddite Riots in Loughborough On Thursday, 2nd June 2016 at Loughborough Library, the exhibition Lace and Luddism opened to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Luddite attack on Heathcoat and Boden’s mill premises in Loughborough. On 28th June 1816 sixteen men from Nottingham had […]

  • Loughborough University’s Golden Jubilee

    27 April 2016

    This year Loughborough University celebrates its 50th birthday. On 19 April 1966 the Queen signed and sealed the royal charter of incorporation that granted university status to Loughborough College of Technology. The new Loughborough University of Technology was the first of the ten Colleges of Advanced Technology to become a university and thus the first […]

  • Hathern History website

    18 April 2016

    Hathern has an exciting new history website

  • Loughborough Market place – what was the event?

    18 April 2016

      This picture of Loughborough market was sent to the network by Gillian Hicks   If anyone can help Gillian identify the event (presumably pre-1914) please contact Gillian direct.mailto:gill.hicks@ntlworld.com

  • Loughborough – Berlin – Loughborough

    13 April 2016

    Josh Knight reports on a Loughborough University History trip to Berlin in 2015 There are few, if any, cities in the world that have a richer history than Berlin; from its imperial history all the way to the pivotal role it played during the Cold War. On a recent trip to Berlin, with fellow Loughborough […]

  • New Book: Mother and Me: A Cold War Boyhood

    13 April 2016

    Local writer Roy Kershaw has written a fascinating memoir about his childehood, as the son of a communist Weavers’ Union leader and a radical mother. As well his political upbringing the book describes the huge social, cultural and moral changes of the time.  Teenagers were breaking free from previous generations in fashion, leisure pursuits, music […]

  • Albert Francis Cross – Loughborough’s Forgotten Poet

    19 March 2016

    At the time when Thomas Hardy and D H Lawrence were busy writing about their local landscapes, a Leicestershire poet was doing the same in Charnwood.  Sadly, the name of that poet has since fallen into obscurity. Albert Francis Cross, otherwise known as A. F. Cross, was born in Loughborough in 1863, the son of William – a […]

  • Shared stories of working in Loughborough: a community event

    18 March 2016

    Friday 18th March 2016 saw an informal ‘information gathering’ event at Loughborough Library in Granby Street as members of the public shared their memories and stories of working in Loughborough.  The event was staged by Dr Clare Ravenwood and Dr Tim Zijlstra of Loughborough University’s Loughborough Corporate Heritage project (LoCHe), . Chatting with Clare and Tim […]

  • How do Loughborough companies record their past?

    11 March 2016

    Loughborough Corporate Heritage project (LoCHe) January 2016 saw the start of a new project to find out how local businesses store information on their history and how they make use of it during anniversary celebrations involving the wider community. Headed by Dr Clare Ravenwood of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, the […]

  • Loughborough Technical College’s short-lived eggs-periment

    19 February 2016

    In the autumn of 1918, not long before the end of the Great War, a new evening course was introduced at the Loughborough Technical College. The College magazine The Limit announced, rather grandly, ‘the Poultry Department of the Technical College [is] waiting to receive us with open arms … for not every town, or city, […]

  • Airships Through the Ages, Balloons to Blimps

    11 January 2016

    Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers are opening their new exhibition at Loughborough Library on Saturday January 30th 2016. Called ‘Airships Through the Ages, Balloons to Blimps’, the exhibition is timed to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Zeppelin raid on Loughborough on 31st January 1916. The exhibition tells the story of airships of all types, […]

  • Bank architecture: HSBC Bank, Loughborough

    9 December 2015

    The building occupied by the HSBC Bank in Market Place Loughborough is a purpose-built premise. There’s been a bank on that particular site since about 1828, the previous building being renowned for its flower-covered verandahs. The current building was designed by the Leicester architects Goddard, Paget and Goddard for the Leicestershire banking Company and was […]

  • Zeppelins over Loughborough

    18 November 2015

    On the night of 31st January 2016 four bombs were dropped on Loughborough by a German Zeppelin airship heading for Liverpool.  Ten people were killed in the raid, twelve people injured and considerable damage done to the town. Prevented from reaching its target by poor weather, the Zeppelin is thought to have attacked Loughborough because its […]

  • George Hill of Loughborough – display at Loughborough Library

    3 November 2015

    George Hill of Loughborough: Grocers, Wine Merchants and Shippers – 1909 to 2015 November 2015 saw the opening of an exhibition at Loughborough Library on longstanding local wine merchants Geo. Hill of Wards End, Loughborough. Opened on 3rd November and running to 11th December 2015, the exhibition was a joint venture between Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers and […]

  • Middleton’s Bank: The “world’s local bank” in Loughborough

    27 October 2015

    Situated prominently next to the Loughborough Town Hall, the HSBC Bank in Loughborough Market Place is a most architecturally stunning building, designed by the partnership Goddard, Paget and Goddard, of Leicester. Plans were created around 1893 and the building erected in about 1894 by the local building firm of Moss. Today it is registered as […]

  • Award-winning window displays at George Hill Provisions, Loughborough

    25 October 2015
  • A hundred years of Ladybird Books

    22 October 2015

    The year 2015 sees the centenary of the birth of the Ladybird Book imprint in Loughborough, with many organisations across the town and beyond marking the occasion with talks, exhibitions and special events.  The most recent celebration is the Loogabarooga Festival, a five day festival of children’s illustrated literature believed to be the first of its […]

  • On this day in history…

    14 October 2015

    The Local Studies volunteers are staging a new pop up display of historic newspapers in the Loughborough Library local studies area. The papers were supplied courtesy of the Historic Newspapers Company and are taken from the largest private collection of original British newspapers in the world.  They cover topics of historical interest and national significance […]

  • The Last of the Luddites

    7 October 2015

    June 2016 will see the 200th anniversary of ‘the Loughborough Job’ – a Luddite attack in the town which resulted in the destruction of  lace-making machinery at John Heathcote’s Mill Street factory (now Market Street) and the withdrawal of Heathcote and much of his workforce from the town. To mark the anniversary, the history of […]

  • Loughborough Baths Swimming Galas

    5 October 2015

    Loughborough College held its first annual Swimming Gala in the town baths on October 5th 1920. Claudia Parsons was third in the two-lengths Ladies’ Handicap just behind her friend Dorothea Travers. A ‘Miss Jalland’ was the winner. Claudia had only just learned to swim when she arrived in Loughborough. In her autobiography she writes: ‘The […]

  • Loughborough Technical Institute Instructional Factory

    15 September 2015


  • Write For us! Open call for articles for East Midlands History and Heritage Magazine

    15 September 2015

    Following the successful launch of the first edition of the East Midlands History and Heritage magazine this summer, we are now planning issue two, which will appear around Christmas.  This is an open call.  Unlike issue one, which focussed on the English Civil War, and issue three (mid 2016), which will adopt the theme of […]

  • Strike at the Brush Works in 1906

    1 September 2015

    ‘All Men are Brethren’ ‘For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers.’ Hebrews 2:11-13 In June 2014, the Loughborough Archaeological and Historical Society (LAHS) Committee received a photocopy of an old black and white postcard from Heather Copley, […]

  • A story of scandal behind a Quorn sampler

    28 August 2015

    Although Quorn Village On-line Museum doesn’t own many artefacts in its own right, we do come across some incredibly interesting items, which people allow us to photograph and which we can then try to investigate.  Sometimes stories emerge that provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of our forebears in Victorian Quorn. Recently an intricate sampler came […]

  • Herbert Schofield and the University: a lecture by Dr G Malcolm Dyson

    19 August 2015

    In one of a series of lectures on Charnwood’s heritage given at Loughborough Library in the late 1970’s, Dr G Malcolm Dyson, a Professor of Chemistry and leading staff member at Loughborough College from 1928 to 1938, shared recollections of Herbert Schofield and the role he played in advancing education in Loughborough and the fabric […]

  • ‘Foreign Wizards Play Magic Better’: a story of China

    12 August 2015

    Loughborough resident Eva Weng shares a story from her family’s history which compliments the recently featured story of Alfred Woodroffe. “Foreign wizards play magic better.”  This is an old Chinese saying. I never got any chance to see wizards, foreign or domestic, playing magic. But my grandma did. One of the most interesting things in […]

  • Engineering as a Career: Brush Recruitment in the 1940s and 50s

    4 August 2015

    Loughborough resident Mr Roy M Horne has sent in a copy of ‘Engineering as a Career‘ – an old brochure produced in the late 1940s/early 1950s to advertise apprenticeship opportunities at The Brush.  A former Brush apprentice himself, Mr Horne features in one of the photographs in the brochure. Mr Horne came to Loughborough from Barnsley […]

  • Evelyn Silver: Loughborough’s link to Greenham Common

    14 July 2015

    An interview with Evelyn Silver by Jim Donaghey, 18th March 2015 Evelyn Silver was involved with the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp for several years from 1981. She joined the march from Cardiff which culminated in women setting up a campsite at the US Air Force base, near Newbury, which housed Cruise nuclear missiles. Evelyn […]

  • Harry Adcock: Macebearer to the Mayor and Keeper of the Town Hall

    24 June 2015

    Harry was born in Loughborough on 24th March 1877. He was part of a large family – there were 10 children in total – and they lived in what must have been very ‘snug’ accommodation at 32 Russell Street, Loughborough. Harry left school and, by the age of 14 was already out at work, working […]

  • The Future of the Past: Loughborough History and Heritage Community Day

    21 June 2015

    10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m Burleigh Court, Loughborough University Campus A free heritage event for the local community Join us for: Presentations on local history topics Panel talks and discussions Short guided tours of the University campus Stands and displays by local history and heritage groups Book signings and ‘meet the author’ opportunities Refreshments and […]

  • Memories of the Sixties: When the Beatles came to the Nottingham Odeon

    15 June 2015

    In the early 1960’s I was a very young teenager and a huge fan of The Beatles. It seemed to be the trend that you were into either ‘The Beatles’ or ‘The Rolling Stones’, but didn’t generally admit to liking both. Aside from the music, I think a lot depended on which member of the […]

  • Launch of new East Midlands History Magazine

    9 June 2015

    The first issue of a magazine which flags the history and heritage of the region has been published, with a brief to reach out to communities and strengthen connections between universities and local schools, heritage societies and museums. The new East Midlands History and Heritage Magazine will share information on research, news and events across […]

  • Photographs sought of Charnwood in the 21st Century

    7 June 2015

    Do you have photographs of Charnwood events and buildings taken between the years 2000 and 2015? If so, would you consider donating them to Loughborough Library? Local Studies Volunteers are putting together a new ‘Charnwood in the 21st Century’ photographic collection and are seeking donations of suitable images from the general public. Donated photographs will […]

  • Rugby in Loughborough – an exhibition at Loughborough Library

    6 June 2015

    Rugby in Loughborough – an exhibition at Loughborough Library The first week of February 2015 saw the opening of an exhibition at Loughborough Library which commemorated the town’s long association with the game of rugby. Put together by the Library’s Local Studies Volunteers with help and support from the Rugby Development Foundation, Loughborough Rugby Football […]

  • Loughborough to Berlin (2) Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society Tour 2015

    5 June 2015

    In May 2015, the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society organised a most enjoyable visit to Berlin. The focus of the visit was Berlin during WW2 and we were accompanied by Bill McQuade, a specialist military historian. We travelled by coach, with an overnight stop at Essen both travelling out and on our return. Although […]

  • Ladybird Books – but not as we know them!

    1 June 2015

    An exhibition in Loughborough Library Local Studies area – 1st April to 27th May 2015 In April 2015, Loughborough Library Local Studies volunteers staged a display of over 125 not-so-familiar Ladybird titles to mark the centenary of the famous children’s book imprint being registered by Loughborough stationers and publishers Wills & Hepworth Ltd. Among the items on show were examples of Ladybird books in several unusual guises, including […]

  • Alfred Woodroffe, Christian Missionary and victim of the Boxer War

    19 May 2015

    Alfred Woodroffe (1872 to 1900) No part of Alfred Woodroffe’s life was easy but he had a simple, robust faith which called him to respond to the challenge of taking the Christian Gospel to China to what was then seen as the very end of the earth. He overcame many obstacles and eventually it was […]

  • Claudia Parsons remembers Loughborough Landladies in 1919

    15 May 2015

    ‘This is a story of the twentieth century’, of the ‘young women’ who had ‘begun to emerge from the sheltered life to go to universities or to take any jobs that were allowed to them in a man’s world.’ So begins the memoirs of Claudia Parsons, a woman who as a teenager in 1919, set […]

  • Election Hustings in Old Loughborough

    6 May 2015

    Originating from the words hasting (Old English) or húsþing (Old Norse) meaning ‘house thing’ – a gathering of the household of a king, earl or chief – the word hustings now signifies the campaigning carried out by candidates in the lead-up to an election, in which they address potential voters and try to win their […]

  • Ladybird, Ladybird

    5 May 2015

    Local project commemorates Loughborough’s links with Ladybird Books Ladybird Ladybird was an Arts Council England funded project hosted by Charnwood Museum in partnership with Leicestershire County Council. The aim of the project was to develop pilot projects to celebrate the centenary of Ladybird Books in 2015 and to lay the foundations for the first Loughborough […]

  • Parish Church Service of Re-dedication for Loughborough War Memorials

    24 April 2015

    The afternoon of Sunday 19th April 2015 saw a service of re-dedication in Loughborough to mark the re-positioning of the All Saints and Holy Trinity War Memorials. Over the past few months, a team of conservators has been busy re-positioning two memorials at All Saints’ Church, Loughborough. At the same time, a group of researchers has been investigating the stories behind those named […]

  • War Memorial Service and Celebration – All Saints Church, L’boro

    19 April 2015

    3 pm – all welcome All Saints Church, Steeple Row, Loughborough On Sunday 19th April 2015 at 3 pm there will be a service at All Saints Church to celebrate the recent re-positioning of the All Saints’ war memorials. All are welcome and the Service will be followed by refreshments.  

  • Ladybird Books – but not as we know them!

    17 April 2015

    An exhibition in Loughborough Library Local Studies area – April to May 2015 Loughborough Local Studies are hosting a display of over 125 not-so-familiar Ladybird books to mark the centenary of the Ladybird logo registered by Loughborough stationers and publishers Wills & Hepworth Ltd. Among the items on show are examples of Ladybird books in several unusual guises, including books translated into well-known and […]

  • The First College Sunday and the First Student Rag: 1920

    14 April 2015

    With the end of the First World War and – in 1919 – the introduction of Loughborough College’s new diploma courses, Principal Herbert Schofield was determined that the College should develop along the lines of a university. One sign of this was the decision to allow students to wear undergraduate gowns at lectures. Another was […]

  • Alderman Joseph Griggs, First Mayor of Loughborough

    20 March 2015

      Alderman Joseph Griggs, J.P., D.L., became first mayor of Loughborough in November 1888.  Loughborough became a municipal borough in 1888 and thus, for the first time, had an efficient system of government.  Alderman Griggs was noted for his public spirit and the Loughborough Herald of 1889 states that ‘his popularity is equally as great […]

  • The Watt Beam Engine

    17 March 2015

    One of Loughborough University’s landmarks is the Watt beam engine which stands in its smart red and green livery near the Students’ Union. The engine was presented to Loughborough College, the forerunner of the University, by the Metropolitan Water Board in 1934. The first successful steam engine had been built by Thomas Newcomen in 1712 […]

  • “This is all Bosh!” 1893 Election Poster

    13 March 2015

    Loughborough resident Adrian Bailey was renovating his home in Fearon Street a few years ago when he found an election leaflet from 1893. It was printed by H Wills of Market Place, for C J Isaac, ‘the People’s Provider’ of the Consumers Tea Company.  It is addressed to the ‘Ratepayers of Loughborough’ and asks for […]

  • Advertising in ‘The Limit’ – the Loughborough College Magazine

    10 March 2015

    Loughborough College magazine, The Limit, was first published in 1918 and printed by The Echo Press in Loughborough. It aimed to be entertaining, instructive and stimulating and to bring together the different sections of the College. It contained a mix of serious and humorous articles; reports of College sports events, plays, and club activities; poems, […]

  • Loughborough Town Fair

    3 March 2015

      The majority of fairs in Britain trace their history back to the medieval period and beyond, and Loughborough’s fair is no exception.  Markets and fairs as centres of trade, commerce and entertainment have been held in Loughborough for well over 700 years. The original Charter was granted to Loughborough in 1221 for an annual […]

  • New book on Fowke Street, Rothley is published

    1 March 2015

    Fowke Street, Rothley by Terry Shepherd is a new 216 page history of this special village street. The book discusses where Fowke Street got its name and traces the 240 year story of The Grange, the big house around which Fowke Street bends.  It features the Industrial Co-operative Society which prospered and then had to […]

  • Rothley Church Memorial Floor Tiles

    24 February 2015

    In 1897 a new window was fitted into the South Aisle of Rothley Parish Church. The window marked the long association of the Paget family with Rothley and coincided with the national celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s reign. Underneath the window, in the South Chancery of the church, are sited 26 encaustic […]

  • Early industrial use of X-Rays at Loughborough College – 1921

    19 February 2015

    Although X-Rays were discovered in 1895, it was not until 1916 that they were seriously considered for the examination of engineering materials. By the end of the First World War X-Rays were being used to examine airframes, munitions, welded structures and other materials. Loughborough College, the predecessor of Loughborough University, was one of the earliest […]

  • 1914, Home and Away – an exhibition at Loughborough Library

    11 February 2015

    Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers and Carillon Museum Volunteers held a joint exhibition at Loughborough Library from the beginning of December 2014 through to the end of January 30th 2015. The exhibition focused on Christmas 1914 from the point of view of local men serving in the forces, as well as the parallel experiences of […]

  • Loughborough’s War Memorials as a tangible covenant of remembrance

    3 February 2015

    Below, Bill Brookman of The Charnwood Great War Centenary Project gives an update on the work to re-position the war memorials at All Saints Parish Church. The Charnwood Great War Centenary Project is based on the belief that a covenant was established at the end of the Great War between those who died and those who remained; our obligation […]

  • Nichol’s History of Leicestershire: a bi-centenary celebration 2015

    29 January 2015

    For two hundred years local historians have studied and rejoiced in the outsize tomes of John Nichols’ remarkable History of Leicestershire (1795-1815), assimilating and recording its huge volume of information on every aspect of the county’s history and antiquities. So a new full colour publication just launched by the Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society, entitled […]

  • The ‘Athletic Grounds’ of Loughborough

    27 January 2015

    Loughborough is known world-wide as a centre of sporting excellence through the University and its ability to produce sporting greats such as Robbie Brightwell, Dave Moorcroft, John Cooper, Andy Robinson, Bob Wilson, Tony Waiters, Sir Clive Woodward, Dario Gradi, Sir Sebastian Coe, Steve Backley and Paula Radcliffe. However, a book by local resident Barry Wilford […]

  • The Politics of Food

    20 January 2015

    In March 2014, food historian and Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Loughborough Matthew O’Callaghan gave a non-political historical lecture at Loughborough University. A regular food expert on BBC Television’s Great British Bake Off and other food programmes, Matthew spoke on the politics of good food, taking his audience on ‘a journey through food history with […]

  • Battledress exhibition – Snibston Discovery Museum

    14 January 2015

    Wednesday 14th January 2015 to Tuesday 31st March 2015 Commemorating the Centenary of the First World War, Battledress explores the impact of the 1914-18 War on Women’s fashion. Drawn from the Museum’s historic fashion collection, the exhibition contrasts the elaborate and restricting fashions of the Edwardian period with the more practical styles that were created […]

  • Leicestershire Green Plaque Awards Scheme

    13 January 2015

    Recognising and celebrating the cultural and historic heritage of Leicestershire Nominations are open for the 2015 Leicestershire Green Plaque Award scheme. After a successful opening year which saw five individuals and one organisation commemorated with a Green Plaque, Leicestershire County Council are again asking the local heritage community and members of the public to nominate […]

  • LHHN website launch

    8 January 2015

      The Loughborough History and Heritage Network website was officially launched at Loughborough University on Thursday 18th December 2014. The well-attended meeting included members of the public and the local heritage community, Nicky Morgan MP and Vice-Chancellor Bob Allison. Dr Robert Knight (Department of Politics, History and International Relations) started by thanking the Higher Education […]

  • Christmas at the Front: A Leicestershire Perspective

    24 December 2014

    The well-known and illustrated Christmas Truce of 1914 is often considered a unique occurrence within the violence of The Great War. It has been represented in some books and dramatisations as a total cease-fire on Christmas Day, 1914. For many years the only tangible representation of the 1914 truce was a wooden cross, placed in […]

  • Ian Keil Remembered

    18 December 2014

    Ian Keil Remembered by Alison Mott One summer Saturday 8 or 9 years ago, I visited the Old Rectory Museum in Loughborough’s Rectory Place and chatted with a kindly and very knowledgeable gentleman about local history. He told me of the slums which had once stood not a stone’s throw away from the Museum, cheek-by-jowl with […]

  • Agriculture and the contribution of Robert Bakewell

    17 December 2014

    Agriculture and the contribution of Robert Bakewell I J E Keil BA, PhD and D H C Wix, DipEdTech From: Charnwood’s Heritage, 1976 This chapter is in two parts: the first outlines the development of agriculture from earliest times until the present, and the second highlights the contribution of Robert Bakewell, one of the great […]

  • Research volunteers wanted

    10 December 2014

    The Charnwood Great War Centenary Project is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with research on the people named on the memorial plaques at All Saints and Holy Trinity church. There is no reward apart from the pleasure of reconstructing past lives starting with just a name and maybe a military record. You could use […]

  • Letters from the Trenches

    9 December 2014

    For 6 days in November 2014, Loughborough Baptist Church in Baxter Gate held an exhibition and series of lunchtime talks to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.  The exhibition was held in the Assembly Hall which from 1915 onwards was used by Baxter Gate Hospital to accommodate wounded  servicemen. The exhibition centred […]

  • The Empire Bazaar and Christmas Fete 1922

    21 November 2014

    As December approaches and thoughts turn to shopping for Christmas presents, Jenny Clark reminds us of the longstanding link between ‘town and gown’ in Loughborough and tells the story of the part townspeople played in establishing ‘the Grove’ as a hall of residence. By 1922 Loughborough College had developed from a tiny pre-war Technical Institute […]

  • Lest We Forget: the Remembrance Poppy

    7 November 2014

    The Campus Remembers Each year the Centre for Faith and Spirituality at Loughborough University holds a Remembrance Service in the Garden of Remembrance on campus. Here, not only those who died in armed conflict are remembered but also those students and staff who have plaques dedicated to their memory in the garden or whose names are written […]

  • Charnwood Ghost stories

    31 October 2014

    It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to ‘ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night.’  Or in other words, to the festival of Halloween, also known as All Saints’ Day. Stories of ghosts abound across the country, with many locations designating themselves ‘the most haunted in England’. […]

  • Display opportunity at Loughborough Library

    22 October 2014

    Loughborough Library are offering their exhibition area to local heritage groups – free of charge – to stage their own exhibitions and displays. There are two large showcases, one flat showcase and various display boards that can be used.  The exhibition space can be booked for one month or two. They have some free months in 2015. To […]

  • Black History Month: memories of brave deeds on the battlefield

    20 October 2014

    The February 1915 Parish Magazine of St Peter and St Paul, Syston, contains a letter from local boy Percy Pollard, written to his mother on Christmas Eve 1914: ‘We saw an Indian soldier do a brave deed. He went right out in front of our trenches to get one of our wounded in. He carried […]

  • Sir Chris Bayly talks at Rothley on ‘Indian thought and the Shadow of Macaulay’

    13 October 2014

    On 24 October 2013 the distinguished historian Professor Sir Christopher Bayly delivered the Macaulay Lecture at Rothley Court, Leicestershire. Chris Bayly, until 2014 Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at Cambridge, is Professor of History at Queen Mary University, London and Vivekananda Visiting Professor, 2014-15, at the University of Chicago. He is a […]

  • 1960s Student bedroom exhibition

    6 October 2014

      The beginning of October sees the return to Loughborough of its student population, taking up their studies after the summer break.  Here, local heritage officer Fiona Ure discusses the experiences of Loughborough University students of the 1960s, as commemorated in a display at Charnwood Museum. Hazlerigg Halls of Residence Dr Herbert Schofield oversaw the […]

  • Walter Freud – from Loughborough College to the Special Operations Executive

    29 September 2014

    In 1938, after Austria had been absorbed into the Third Reich, international pressure persuaded the Nazis to allow the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his family to leave Vienna for London. Among them was Freud’s sixteen year old grandson, Anton Walter Freud. After a year of private tuition, Walter Freud entered Loughborough College in September […]

  • Loughborough, the Cotswold Tradition and Peter Waals

    22 September 2014

    There has been much interest – locally and nationally – in the National Trust’s 2012 purchase of Stoneywell Cottage in Ulverscroft, Leicestershire, and its opening in the summer of 2014. But do you know of the link between Ernest Gimson – one of the most influential architect-designers of the British Arts and Crafts Movement and […]

  • A Soldier’s Fears about the Home Front

    15 September 2014

    Air Raid on Upper North Street School, Poplar   Arthur Baldock’s postcard shows that worries and fears about the war travelled in both directions. In this case Arthur, serving on the western front, had heard about the air-raid on Poplar on 13 June 1917, which killed 162 civilians, the highest death toll from a single […]

  • Loughborough Swimming Baths, Queens Park

    8 September 2014

    Charnwood Museum in Queens Park, Loughborough, is set inside the original Loughborough swimming baths building. The swimming baths were given to the town by Alderman Joseph Griggs who was the first Mayor of Loughborough. They were made to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897 and were originally named the Queens Memorial Baths. […]

  • Women in Engineering

    1 September 2014

    The call for educational institutions to encourage women to progress in the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects is not a new one, as the following article by Loughborough University Archivist Jenny Clark shows: Simplified Engineering for Women In 1930 the Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories, Miss Hilda Martindale, toured universities throughout […]

  • Charnwood Great War Centenary Project

    4 August 2014

    The Charnwood Great War Project received £96,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a two year project in Loughborough and Charnwood. A partnership of Charnwood Arts, Participation in Action, Bill Brookman Productions and All Saints with Holy Trinity Church, Charnwood Great War Centenary Project will work with local volunteers and organisations to create a diverse yet linked programme of research, events and […]

  • ‘Mizpah’ – Silk Embroidered postcards from World War 1

    1 August 2014

    Postcards from the Front are some of the most popular mementos of the First World War. This one was one of many sent to the grandmother of Loughborough resident Pamela Kinna, by her grandfather Arthur Baldock. Mizpah is a Hebrew word from the Old Testament, relating to an agreement between two parties, witnessed by God. […]

  • Loughborough’s Instructional Factory for the Ministry of Munitions

    27 June 2014

    One year into the First World War, in September 1915, the little Technical Institute in Loughborough, which provided day and evening classes in science, technology and art for local people, appointed a new Principal. This came just at the time when the newly established Ministry of Munitions, set up in response to the shell crisis, […]