Centre for English Local History

The Marc Fitch House

The Centre is noted for its friendly, relaxed manner and most students appreciate the degree of attention which a small, postgraduate Centre can provide. The Centre is accommodated in its own premises, Marc Fitch House on Salisbury Road, just off the main University campus.

Marc Fitch Fund library

marc fitch libraryThe most important asset of the Centre is the Marc Fitch Fund library, built up over many years by F.W. Steer and Dr Fitch. It forms an important collection covering all aspects of local history. In addition, the Map Room contains a complete coverage of England and Wales, Ordnance Survey and many facsimiles of historical maps, and rare sets of original maps.


marc fitch archiveThe Centre also has an archive, containing inter alia, the working papers of the two distinguished local historians W.G. Hoskins and F.W. Steer, rare topographical prints and bequests of slide collections. Many of these collections are currently being digitised.

The Centre has a common room, seminar room, kitchen, map room and PC facilities.

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