History at Leicester


Victoria County History Trust volunteer interviews

We are looking for people to help with the following activities:

  • Documentary research
  • Historic building surveys
  • Oral history interviews
  • Community digs and fieldwalking
  • Landscape surveys
  • Transcription of interviews and documents
  • Public outreach and education
  • Creative arts projects

If you would like to help, please get in touch to register your interest. Don’t worry if you have little or no experience as free training will be provided. The support of the local community and volunteer involvement in this project is absolutely vital to its success. We need you to be Charnwood Roots Champions and spread the word, encourage people to join in and help us make connections with your area.

Charnwood Roots is a chance to learn something new, develop skills, meet like-minded people with shared interests, give something to your local community and contribute to a project which will have value for many years to come.

Current volunteering opportunities

Interested in any of these opportunities? Email us at charnwoodroots@le.ac.uk or telephone 0116 252 5946.

Oral history interviewers

We are looking for people who would like to become interviewers and help record the oral histories of local people. You will receive full training in how to conduct an interview, meet local residents and record their memories. This is an opportunity to learn new skills whilst developing links with the local community.

The time: Three days, mostly at a time to suit you. This is made up of one training session, a few hours for research, two hours for recording and two hours for a very short summary and basic transcription.

The place: Various locations around Charnwood Forest and Loughborough


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold a piece of pottery that was last touched hundreds or even thousands of years ago? If you have ever wanted to explore the archaeology of your local area, now is your chance to get involved. No experience is necessary as training and equipment will be provided.

The time: Ten days over a two-year period, mainly during the autumn and winter.

The place: Multiple outdoor locations around Charnwood Forest (at the moment we are working in fields around Newtown Linford)

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