Features

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.

  • The Forest Line

    3 June 2020

    Announcing a new 2020 edition of The Forest Line by local historian Brian Williams, published by Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers. The book is an exploration of the lost Charnwood Forest Canal, tracing its history up to the late 19th century with an investigation into those remains of its course that can be seen today. […]

  • Nurse Armstrong and a motorbike: District Nursing in Charnwood

    1 June 2020

    Remember Loughborough Facebook group member Jane Gott shares memories of her grandmother, who was a well-known figure in the Charnwood area. ‘My Paternal Grandmother, Mary Alice Armstrong nee Eggleston (1898-1964) was a District Nurse and Midwife in and around the Loughborough area and did her rounds on a motorbike. She was always known as Alice.’ […]

  • Emmanuel Church, Forest Road, Loughborough

    31 May 2020

    Emmanuel Church was completed in 1837 at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. The church had taken two years to build at a cost of £7000. The town was expanding and a new church was needed. At that time, Loughborough was divided into two parishes, the Parish of Loughborough and the Parish of Emmanuel, Loughborough. […]

  • Loughborough’s Other Swimming Baths

    29 May 2020

    In 1849 a damning report by William Lee, a senior Inspector for the Board of Health, flagged up the appalling living conditions and prevalence of disease in parts of Loughborough. The Report was initially poorly received and it took many years before conditions improved. By the 1880’s there was a growing interest in the link […]

  • All Saints Church, Thorpe Acre

    24 May 2020

    All Saints Church, Thorpe Acre with Dishley serves the Thorpe Acre estate in Loughborough. Thorpe Acre is an estate “village” that developed to house the workers on the Garendon estate. The church is situated on Thorpe Acre Road near the junction with Knightthorpe Road. The architect was William Railton and the church was consecrated in […]

  • Do you like what we do?

    23 May 2020

    Loughborough History and Heritage Network is a non-profit-making entity funded and run by Alison Mott, with articles and stories contributed by members of the public. To show appreciation for the site and help with its hosting fees, you can donate the price of a cuppa at   buymeacoff.ee/alisonmott  or  Ko-fi.com/alisonmott All contributions are much appreciated!

  • Timeline of Victorian Loughborough

    22 May 2020

    1837:VICTORIA BECOMES QUEEN EMMANUEL CHURCH on FOREST ROAD is built at a cost of £7,000. For some years, this marked LOUGHBOROUGH’s “border” with CHARNWOOD FOREST. The “LOUGHBOROUGH TELEGRAPH”, LOUGHBOROUGH’s earliest known newspaper, begins publication. 1838:A new workhouse opens on DERBY ROAD, built at a cost of £7,000. It had room for 375 inmates. EMMANUEL BOYS […]

  • Victorian Loughborough

    21 May 2020

    In Autumn 2019 Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteer group staged an exhibiton about Victorian Loughborough at Loughborough Library . The group have kindly shared much of the information from that exhibition with us for publishing on this website, including pieces about local churches during the period. As part of the exhibition, they put together a […]

  • The Methodist Church in Loughborough: a history

    17 May 2020

    The Methodist Church is the fourth largest Christian Church in Britain with more than six thousand churches and a total membership of around three hundred and thirty thousand people.  Established in the mid-eighteenth century, Methodism challenged the religious assumptions of the established church and had a major impact on the development of the early working-class movement.  Loughborough’s […]

  • ‘Have you got your ration book?’ WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #5

    14 May 2020

    ‘Housewives had a very difficult time during the war.  Shopping was a nightmare, with most things being rationed.  A person living alone fared the worst, they were such small amounts.  I remember a grey-looking concoction called cooking fat.  We were allocated two ounces per week.  Many other commodities were in very small amounts.  Anything that […]

  • Fire, fire! WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #4

    13 May 2020

    ‘When the war broke out my husband and I both joined the fire fighters and took our turn on look out.’ ‘The shelter was where the bus station is now (currently The Rushes Shopping Centre) and although we went in it and directed other people to it, we preferred to take our chances together at […]

  • Any Old Iron: WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #3

    12 May 2020

    ‘There was a nursery on the Southfields Green area for mothers to take their children whilst they helped the war effort by making ammunition in the factories.  Our front iron railings were taken away to be used in the factories along with everyone elses and we were so short of the things one now takes […]

  • Bombers Over Town: WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #2

    11 May 2020

    ‘The only bomb dropped in the 1939-45 war in Loughborough was two hundred yards away from where I live in Parklands Drive, in a field and it caused no damage except a few broken windows.  It was a 250 lb one with casing half an inch thick.’ ‘During the 1939-45 war the ack-ack guns opened […]

  • Beaumanor Hall ‘Y’ Listeners

    9 May 2020

    In celebration of VE day, Loughborough Library Local Studies Group reveal the wartime secrets of Beaumanor Hall and the ‘Y’ Listeners code ‘Ultra’. ‘Ultra’ was one of the best kept secrets of WWII.  In October 1941 Ministry of Defence Officials quietly requisitioned Beaumanor Hall in Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, where they set up a top-secret Station […]

  • VE Day 2020 marked by All Saints’ Church

    8 May 2020

    The Covid19 health crisis and restrictions placed on meeting in public mean VE Day commemorations on this Bank Holiday Friday are very different to those originally planned. Rather than the street parties, concerts and church services we might have expected, the Nation has been urged to stay home and join in with online activities. All […]

  • Loughborough on VE-Day 1945

    8 May 2020

    On 8th May 1945, the good people of Loughborough joined with the rest of the country to celebrate Victory in Europe. The town’s mayor, Alfred Perkins, wrote a letter to the people of Loughborough which was printed in the Loughborough Echo of Friday May 11th, 1945. Despite food (and clothing) being only available on ration, […]

  • ‘The long night of fear is ending’ Loughborough Mayor tells townsfolk

    8 May 2020
  • VE-Day, 8th May 1945

    7 May 2020

    The feeling of euphoria and the celebratory atmosphere in Britain on Tuesday May 8th 1945 was both palpable and visible: Victory in Europe had been achieved, and this signalled the end of the Second World War in Europe. This end to warfare followed the Battle of Berlin, which lasted for nine days, before the German […]

  • Commemorating VE Day – a local perspective

    7 May 2020

    Today marks seventy-five years since Hitler’s successor – Alfred Jodl – signed the document of surrender and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that the European element of the Second World War was over. We’re commemorating this historic anniversary over this weekend by sharing stories of Loughborough on that first VE Day and the experiences […]

  • Yanks Go Home: WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #1

    6 May 2020

    ‘My older sisters were popular with the American Airborne Division soldiers based at Quorn and I had a ready supply of gum, sweets and doughnuts, etc.’ ‘I acted as caddie at the Longcliffe Golf Course and from getting the customary half-crown for the three and a half hours heavy toting from the natives, the Americans […]

  • The Tale of the Plague at Cotes

    5 May 2020

    In their article ‘The Plague at Cotes,’ Joan and Peter Shaw investigate the tale of a clergyman in the village of Cotes who went beyond the call of duty to care for parishioners during a seventeenth century plague epidemic. Without thought of the danger to his own health, the minister is said to have tended […]

  • RAF Wymeswold post-WWII

    4 May 2020

    A free-to-download publication by Richard Knight This detailed history of activities at Wymeswold airfield in the 1950s and 60s has been prepared by Richard Knight, who grew up at the western end of the runways. Most of the information is about the activities of the RAF and Fields Aircraft Services, although there are also lots […]

  • Stanford Hall, the Co-operative College and Sir Julien Kahn

    3 May 2020

    A free-to-download publication by David Lazell When this booklet was first published in 1993, Stanford Hall was still in use as the International Co-operative College and Sir Julien Kahn’s impressive ‘makeover’ had been carried out merely fifty years before. Now, after a £300 million transformation Stanford Hall has become the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. Find […]

  • Flooded Loughborough: an age-old problem!

    2 October 2019

    It was interesting to see all the pictures and video clips on social media of my flooded hometown yesterday (and here’s my own contribution, of the Woodbrook as it re-appears from its journey under Market Street and Ashby Square.) Loughborough sits on a flood plain and indeed, the proximity of water courses is one of […]

  • Flooded Loughborough – July 1735

    1 October 2019

    “From Lightning and Tempest, good Lord deliver us, Amen.” A Loughborough prayer from 1735 Extract from: Chapters in the History of Loughborough (1883)’ by Rev W G Dimock Fletcher The following Memorandum was wrote by Joseph Webster then Clerk of the Parish. – ‘Memorandum that on the last day of July 1735 there happened such […]

  • Robert Bakewell: New publication by the Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers

    21 January 2019

    This is a faithful reproduction of a unique bound manuscript dated 1942 presented to the Local Studies Collection at Loughborough Public Library by the author H.W. Cook Esq. Vice-Chairman of Loughborough Public Library Committee. Robert Bakewell of Dishley. The Pioneer of English Stock-Breeding has been reproduced by kind permission of Loughborough Library, Granby Street, Loughborough, […]

  • Suffragettes in Loughborough

    17 January 2019

    In his new pamphlet Mike Shuker explores the history of the Suffragettes in Loughborough from the 1870s when Mrs Jane Ronniger of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage addressed a meeting at the Town Hall. He discusses the 1913 ‘outrage’ when there was an attempt to set fire to the ‘Red House’ on Burton Walks […]

  • NEW EXHIBITION ON VICTORIAN ARCHITECT WILLIAM RAILTON

    15 January 2019

    William Railton posterKEPsgtj by Tony Jarram and Lynne Dyer Discover Leicestershire’s Railton Buildings 7th January to 28th February 2019William Railton posterKEPsgtj Free Entry During Library Opening Hours

  • Third Lord Macaulay Lecture at Rothley Temple on 9 January!

    19 December 2018

    3rd Macaulay Lecture rev (9 Jan 2019) Eventbrite link to 3rd Lord Macaulay Lecture 9 January Abstract of the Lecture Professor Javed Majeed (KCL) Macaulay and the question of the English language in India This lecture will address Macaulay’s (in)famous 1835 Minute on Education. Rather than seeing this Minute as an expression of power and […]

  • Leicestershire Remembers World War One on 9 November

    26 September 2018

    The event will be opened by Professor Jackie Labbe from DMU, hosted by Robin Jenkins, Senior Archivist for the Record Office of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland,and closed by Colonel Murray Colville, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire. A buffet lunch will be provided. There will be an opportunity to talk to the researchers, alongside stalls and displays […]

  • Talk on 26 September: From the Chartists to the Coop: John Skevington

    5 September 2018

    Max Hunt talk LLHS Sept 26 Adv JOHN SKEVINGTON

  • Loughborough in 50 Buildings – New Book by Lynne Dyer!

    16 August 2018
  • Open Day at Leicestershire Records Office: the little Great War

    12 July 2018

    WW1OpenDayhandbill For many the Great War was a daily grind of survival, relieved by the little things: a letter from home or the arrival of the rum ration. Come to our Open Day and experience the food and drink of the war, listen to live WWI music AND see the whole Little Great War through […]

  • Brush Workers filmed in November 1900

    21 June 2018

    Look at this early film by Mitchell and Kenyon of Brush workers leaving the Falcon Works in November 1900 The Film comes from the British Film Institute.

  • Exhibition at the University about Citizenship

    19 June 2018

    There is an interesting exhibition about Reimagining Citzenship at Loughborough University Martin Hall Building until 14 July. It collectively curated by the Politicized Practice/Anarchist/Theatre and Performance Research Groups that will form part of Loughborough University Arts Festival. In government parlance, being a citizen means to be recognised as a ‘subject or national’. What is at […]

  • Leicestershire County Archives – new film

    18 June 2018

    Click here for a new film about all the objects and documents in the Leicestershire County Archives, including some fascinating findings about Loughborough.

  • Leicestershire Green Plaques – Vote by 30 July

    18 June 2018

    The Leicestershire Green Plaque vote has opened and is open to the public until 30 June. Click here for details.

  • Photos and Film interviews about the 1972 Mansfield Mill Hosiery Strike

    18 June 2018

    These fascinating films are the work of award-winning photographer Kajal Nisha Patel. They show the experiences of four women who were involved in the 1972 Mansfield Mill strike in Loughborough which was organised by Indian women to end the discrimination they were experiencing at the work. Click here for a 1974 article on the strike […]

  • The Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers have published a book, From an Artist’s Sketchbook. The drawings of A.T. Warbis a “then-and-now” book compiled by Volunteer Bill Wells.

    5 June 2018

    The Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers have published a book, From an Artist’s Sketchbook. The drawings of A.T. Warbis as featured in the Loughborough Echo 1950s to 1970s, a “then-and-now” book compiled by Volunteer Bill Wells. The book has been produced following demand during an exhibition in Loughborough Public Library in which the biographical details […]

  • 23 JUNE IN LOUGHBOROUGH LIBRARY: CELEBRATE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

    23 May 2018
  • Picnic in the Park 9 June! Vote in the 1929 ‘flapper’ election

    9 May 2018

    Lougborough Library Local Studies Volunteers will be staging a 1929 Flapper General Election at Picnic in the Park the first election when all women over 21 could vote. This s at Queens Park in Loughborough and is open from 11.00am to 4.30pm on June 9th 2018. Entry is free. Vote in the election, find out […]

  • The life of Annette Ashberry – a pioneering Woman engineer

    19 April 2018

    © Mary Evans Picture library Annette Ashberry 1894-1990: pioneering woman engineer In 1920 Loughborough was awaiting the arrival of a unique and pioneering project, an engineering factory run by and employing only women. Atalanta Engineering Ltd duly arrived with Annette Ashberry as the works manager. Annette Ashberry had been born in Hackney in 1894 to […]

  • Suffragette News

    12 March 2018

    Here is a link to the Leicester Suffragette Alice Hawkins  

  • 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 […]

  • Mother and Me: A Cold War Boyhood

    13 April 2016

    Leicestershire-based writer Roy Kershaw has written a fascinating memoir about his childhood in Yorkshire in the 40s and 50s 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 […]

  • 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 1916 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 […]

  • 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

      Instructional-Factory-booklet-1918    

  • 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 […]