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The  Leicestershire
Archaeological and Historical Society

President - Michael Wood

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

Founded in 1855 to promote the study of the history, archaeology, antiquities and architecture of Leicestershire

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Nichols’ History of Leicestershire:
a bi-centenary celebration

To be published February 2015
£9.95 plus £1.80 p&p


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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 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.

Available from our exclusive distributor:

Clarendon Books
144 Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AE

Tel: 0116 270 1856 and 0116 270 1914


Cheques payable 'Clarendon Books'

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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.



The 159th Annual General Meeting
Lord Mayor's Rooms
New Walk Museum, Leicester
Thursday 27 November 2014 at 7.30pm


Question and Answer Session

Special guest DOMINIC SMEE
of Channel 4's
Richard III: The New Evidence
will discuss research into the effects of Scoliosis on Richard III


Download PDF of 2013 Draft Minutes
Download PDF of 2014 Agenda








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