Rutland Local History & Record Society

Promoting the local history and archaeology of England's smallest county through an active publication and events programme

Registered as a UK Charity No. 700273

About Us

The Rutland Local History & Record Society (RLHRS) has its origins in the 1930s and its main aims are to promote all aspects of the history and archaeology of the historic county of Rutland and its immediate area. It does this by holding regular meetings and lectures (arranged jointly with the Friends of the Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle), and special events including an annual full-day meeting in a Rutland village, history walks and visits to other places of interest, as well as an archaeological field-walking project. It has a small library of local history material, at the Rutland County Museum in Oakham, which complements the Local Studies collection of the museum and can be consulted by arrangement. The Society also monitors local planning applications, commenting on them when appropriate, and sponsors the annual George Phillips and Tony Traylen Awards for new-build or restoration projects which make the best contribution to the historic environment.

The Society has a significant publication programme, ranging from its annual journal, the Rutland Record, to substantial volumes such as its report, The Heritage of Rutland Water, which was the culmination of a three-year project supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Suggestions for articles in the Rutland Record or other publication projects are always welcome. Its most recent Occasional Publication (in 2014) gives an account of archaeological work undertaken at Oakham Castle, and coincides with the award to Rutland County Council of a £2,2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major project to secure the future of this Grade 1 listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Membership is concentrated in Rutland and the immediate area, but it also includes people from across the UK and abroad who have an interest in the county. Institutional members include academic libraries in Britain, Australia and the USA. Membership includes a copy of the Rutland Record for the current year and discounts on other titles which remain in print.

Further details about the RLHRS and its activities are available through the links on this page, via the Society's website, or by post. We will do our best to answer your enquiries about Rutland and its history, or to refer you to someone who may be able to help.

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Part 1: Publications

The Society's publications consist of, first, the annual Rutland Record (free to paid-up members for the appropriate year), secondly a series of Occasional Publications, and thirdly a few more substantial research reports, the Rutland Record Series. Over the years, these publications have made very significant contributions to our knowledge of the history and archaeology of the county.Where earlier titles are out of print, some may be consulted on the Society's website free of charge.

Part 2: Membership

Annual Subscription details for new and existing UK and overseas personal and family members for the current subscription year (starting on 1st May annually). This facility enables members to pay on-line by credit or debit card, and for overseas members to avoid any high currency conversion levies. Since the Society is a Registered Charity, UK members who are tax payers have the option of making a Gift Aid declaration enabling the Society to reclaim the appropriate amount of income tax. Please note that, in compliance with the UK General Data Protection regulations 2018, by applying for or renewing membership of the Society via GENfair members are considered to be giving permission for the Society to contact them using the details given in the application. For full details of the Society's data policy please see its website

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