The collection of 13th or 14th century pottery objects seen on the left, was found in the early 1920s in a well on the old Tucker's Brick Company site (now Charnwood Water) and is believed to indicate the site of the lost medieval village of Shelthorpe.

About The Society

The Society was founded in 1955 to encourage the study of the archaeology of the Loughborough area. Since then it has expanded its interests to include all aspects of the area’s history.

We are a group of people interested in learning about local history and preserving it for future generations. Our members - interested amateurs and academic historians alike - have been collecting and sharing the history of the area for more than 6o years, publishing books, creating a history trail and putting together resources which schools and community groups can borrow.

We stage talks and guided walks over the year, many on local topics. We are affiliated to Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteer group and have associations with many other history societies, community groups and local universities.
Why Not Join Us?

Are you interested in local history, archaeology, excursions to places of historical interest, illustrated lectures, oral history, local history projects?

If the answer is yes why not join our society?

The annual membership fee is £15.00 and you can click here to download our application form.

Members of the Society are also responsible for running the Old Rectory Museum housed in the 13th century Rectory building which stands near the Parish Church in Loughborough.

The museum is fully accredited and has won awards. Here you will find exciting events and exhibitions including the finds from excavations carried out by members of the society. Recently the museum has become a popular venue for art exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists.
Visitors research the tombstones

Among our other activities, we have recorded all the inscriptions to be found on the tombstones in the graveyard of Loughborough Parish Church of All Saints, which has proved to be of interest to family historians. The database is available online.

The Society runs a programme of lectures and covers a wide range of topics.

In tribute to the local historian Dr. Ian Keil, our long time President and keen supporter of the Society, an annual "Ian Keil History Lecture" was inaugurated in 2019. The first lecture, King Henry VII, was given Prof. Ronald Hutton, a leading authority on the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and who regularly shares his knowledge on television.

Prof. Ronald Hutton
Photograph courtesy of Bristol University

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