Hoby Village HallAll Hoby and District Local History Society events will take place in Hoby & District Village Hall and start at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated. Membership of the Hoby & District Local History Society costs £5.00 per annum and gives free entry to meetings. The charge for guests is £2.00 per meeting. Tea, coffee and very good cake is served after our meetings for a donation of £1.00. We pride ourselves on a welcoming and friendly atmosphere so why not come along and learn more about the area we live in.

Previous years events can be viewed here: 20142015, 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019 and 2020.


15th July Guided Walk
“Grace Dieu Priory Guided Walk” with The Friends of Grace Dieu

29th September Hoby & District Village Hall
“Historic Graffiti – the Hidden Story of the Hopes, Fears and Desires of a Nation” by James Wright

Modern graffiti is often seen as transgressive and moronic. However, look closely in the light of a torch at the walls of our historic buildings, trees, caves and rockfaces and you will see a world of graffiti left that illuminates the psychology of our ancestors. The study of historic graffiti enables us to hear the lost voices of ordinary individuals through their images of daisywheels, ships sailing across the walls, knights drawing their swords, demons stalking the stonework and every animal imaginable….

In the last decade or so, the study of historic graffiti has entered the archaeological mainstream. A significant number of buildings and even whole counties have active surveys ongoing; lectures, workshops, day schools and conferences are widespread; press stories, articles and books are frequently published. However, what does all of this mean? Why are we now so broadly focused on what had, until recently, been an obscure niche subject. This lecture looks at the wider cultural meanings of historic graffiti in context.

James Wright is an award winning archaeologist and accredited lecturer with both the Arts Society and WEA. He has experience of teaching undergraduates at the University of Nottingham where he completed Graduate School training courses on lecturing. He is a very proficient public speaker with over fifteen years of experience and has talked to a wide variety of organisations including the Gresham College, Shakespeare400 and the National Trust.

18th November Hoby & District Village Hall
“LIDAR (Light Detecting & Ranging) – Exposure & Interpretation of Historic Landscapes” By Matt Beamish

9th December Hoby & District Village Hall
Members Evening


16th March Hoby & District Village Hall
“Reading Houses II – Interiors” by Janet Spavold

Janet Spavold has studied buildings for most of her life, and this talk illustrates the range of domestic interiors from the late middle ages to modern times.  It considers how and why changes came about, and how to identify interiors from different periods. The illustrations are drawn on local examples and examples from other parts of the country.

18th May Hoby & District Village Hall
“The History of Walled Kitchen Gardens in Leicestershire & Rutland” by Sue Blaxland

Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust is working on a research project to create a Register of Walled Kitchen Gardens in the two counties.  Now, often derelict or put to other uses, these gardens are recognised as forming an important part of our social and garden history.

Sue Blaxland is a committee member of Leicestershire & Rutand Gardens Trust and leads the Trust’s project on walled kitchen gardens. She taught garden design and garden history in adult education, including at Brooksby College. During her years with the Gardens Trust, she has gained extensive experience in garden history research.

16th November Hoby & District Village Hall
“The History of Brooksby” by Dr Alan Fox

Presentation of his research for Leicestershire VCH

14th December Hoby & District Village Hall
Members Evening