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The Work of the Victoria County History


Dr Simon Townley

28 September 2010

7:30pm at St John's Parish Room

Non-members £3

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the VCH is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day.

It is without doubt the greatest publishing project in English local history, having built an international reputation for scholarly standards.

Based at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London since 1933, the VCH is written by historians working in counties across England.

The VCH website currently has this to say about Berkshire: Completed in four volumes, 1906-24, with a separate index in 1927. The sections on borough government remain particularly useful. Work is currently needed to update the volumes. Anyone interested in some serious research?


Dr Simon Townley has been County Editor of the Victoria County History of Oxfordshire since 1996. He is closely involved with local history in the county, serving on the committees of the Oxfordshire Local History Association, the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society, and the Oxfordshire Record Society. For several years he also edited the county history and archaeology journal, Oxoniensia, and has taught courses for the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. For the VCH he has written histories of numerous Oxfordshire places including Witney, and regularly gives talks to local history groups.
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