England's Past for Everyone: Historic Environment Research

Matthew Bristow, 2012

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Institute of Historical Research
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Ledbury Market House

Following receipt of nearly £6 million of funding from a range of partners, including an award of £3,374,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund, the Victoria County History (VCH) launched England's Past for Everyone - one of the most wide-ranging local history projects ever undertaken in the UK.

England's Past for Everyone was a five-year project that focused on studies of particular localities such as Parham House in West Sussex and survival in the unpropitious landscape of Exmoor. A key element of the project was the concept of ethnicity and English identity. Several studies, particularly 'Bristol: Ethnicity and the City, 1000-2001', an account of one thousand years of migration to Bristol, detailed the history of ethnic populations in order to understand their impact on the local environment.

Mousehole - Northcliff from north pier

This ground-breaking venture was produced by VCH county teams and supported by the input of local volunteers, it incorporated VCH's distinctive mix of local history documentary, topography and architecture to produce affordable and accessible resources in paperback and online to help researchers, students and the wider public to explore the history of the places and communities in which they live, work, travel or have family ties.

Working in ten locations around England, the EPE project produced 15 online and paperback studies and associated support materials for use in local schools. Seven staff working at the VCH's London base at Senate House, University of London managed the project and final delivery of all the project materials, including images, text, educational materials, online materials, paperback books and all publicity materials related to the project.

Fuller details of the books that were produced as a part of this project are available from the project website.