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President - Michael Wood

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Leicestershire's premier archaeological and historical organisation for over 150 years

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Presidential Lecture by Prof Michael Wood on Thursday 11 November 2014

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John Nichols Bi-centenary
Full details will be published soon

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The Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of a new book to mark the 200th anniversary of the completion of John Nichols’ History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester.

Nichols’ History of Leicestershire: a bi-centenary celebration 2015 has been edited and written by Caroline Wessel, an officer of the society, with chapters by Julian Pooley, FSA and Robin Jenkins.

There is every good reason to celebrate the bi-centenary of John Nichols' remarkable History of Leicestershire (1795-1815); for its eight vast volumes of detailed and fascinating information have captivated historians of every type for two centuries.

This publication explores the remarkable lives, talents and achievements of three generations of the Nichols family and the literary and antiquarian world of London and Leicestershire that they inhabited. Focussing on the extraordinary, extensive and varied contents of Nichols’ History, a veritable treasure trove of information is uncovered.

The book also utilises the Nichols Archive Project's huge collection of letters and journals to shed light upon late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century life. The 'User's Guide' and 'Who's Who' chapters are invaluable tools for the Nichols reader, whilst contributions from present-day Leicestershire people with specialist expertise bring John Nichols' concept of enlisting the local populace right up to date.

This highly readable book, with its evocative illustrations and gentle humour, is a must for historians and for all those who love Leicestershire.


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