History and heritage

Portraits of Henry Tudor and King Richard III

Research your family history and find out about visiting the records office and museums in Leicestershire

Volunteer with the Communities and Wellbeing Service and help us shape our heritage, museums, libraries, participation team, collections and learning services and activities.

Our museums and visitor information

Visit the Record Office website for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland

How to research your family history and learn about making your family tree

Melton Carnegie Museum offers educational services for visitors and we invite schools and groups to contact us to plan a visit to the museum.

Discover more about King Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth 1485, a major turning point in English history, at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and country park.

See the beautifully restored period rooms and talk to our volunteers about the history of the house, its connection to the Gunpowder Plot, and life in the 1620s. Set in beautiful 17th century style gardens with labelled plants and flowers, an orchard, herb gardens and a maze. Previously known as Donington Le Heath Manor House.

Britain’s oldest surviving travelling theatre. Renovated and reassembled on a purpose-built site at the former Snibston Colliery, it re-opened in 1997 and continues to be a unique and special venue providing high quality performances, shows, live music and films.

Explore how our community participation and heritage projects created by and for local people, inspire new cultural activities and connections within Leicestershire communities and people to achieve their goals.

The Historic Environment Record (HER) is the most complete record of archaeological remains and historic buildings in Leicestershire and Rutland. It covers from prehistoric times to the present day.

The Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards are awarded to people and places in and around the county, nominated by you.

Museum collections and displays, delivered to communities and venues


Ladybird book at museum

If you go down to Leicestershire’s museums this summer, you’re sure of a big surprise!

New display at centre created by Sikh women's group

The event will feature battle re-enactments, living history encampments, author talks and much more