Desford & District Local History Society (DDLHS)

The Society was formed in the 1980s to promote interest in, and the study and research of, local history and archaeology in Desford and the local area.

  • We have a collection of local archive materials, consisting of documents, photographs, books, oral recordings and other artefacts which have been used to produce exhibitions and booklets on the history of Desford.
  • Our archives are stored at SiD and the archivists are currently entering the details onto Modes (computer programme). It is our aim, in the future, to make the information available to the community. The archivists work in the front office at SiD on most Thursday mornings between 9.30 and 12.30. We welcome additions to our archives and local history enquiries, and are happy to see visitors by prior arrangement.
  • We take part in local and regional events.
  • We are members of the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum (

Meetings, with talks, are held at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of alternate months in Desford Free Church.

Membership costs £12 per year.

Visitors are welcome at all meetings for a fee of £3 per meeting.

There is an ‘annual trip’ and we visit places of local and national interest.

DDLHS programme for 2017

January 17th              AGM plus Janet O’Donovan – The Desford Tapestry

March 21st                 Steve Ware – Vulcan to the Sky Trust

May 16th                     Caroline Roberts – Victoria Park, London Road & the Via Devana

June 10th                   Trip to Kings Lynn/Sandringham

July 18th                     Peter Liddle – The Bradgate Excavations

September 19th         Gareth King – The Legends & Folklore of the Apple

November 21st          Paul Neale – The rolling process at Desford Tubes


Forthcoming Events

11:00 am Tai Chi @ Function Room
Tai Chi @ Function Room
Jul 24 @ 11:00 am
1:45 pm U3A Photography
U3A Photography
Jul 24 @ 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm
6:00 pm Total Pilates Beginners @ Upstairs Function Room
Total Pilates Beginners @ Upstairs Function Room
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

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