New publication uncovers hidden histories of Leicester

Hidden histories of Leicester and Leicestershire have been published in a journal providing fascinating insights into our local past – including the role played by Mary Attenborough, mother of Richard, David and John Attenborough, in housing refugee Basque children escaping the Spanish Civil War in 1937.

This year’s Leicestershire Historian, edited by School of Archaeology and Ancient History graduate Joyce Lee, which has just been published by the Leicestershire Archaeological and History Society, features a range of articles and images - many not previously published.

The Society, which is long associated with the University of Leicester, features stories about Leicester and Leicestershire from medieval times to the twentieth century, using a wide range of sources from the archives of international organisations and local record offices, to maps, newspaper articles and memories.

The publication explores the previously little-known role that Leicester played in welcoming and providing a temporary home at Evington Hall to refugee Basque children escaping the Spanish Civil War; the county’s apple heritage; a new interpretation of the medieval parks of Market Bosworth and more.