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Over 2000 years of Leicestershire history to feature in national television series!

Posted on 21/09/2010

Leicestershire Councty Council Community Services

20 September 2010

Over 2000 years of Leicestershire history to feature in national television series!

Three Leicestershire villages will feature in a new national BBC television series that will focus on over 2000 years of history discovered by local people.

Over the past 14 months, the villages of Kibworth Harcourt, Kibworth Beauchamp and Smeeton Westerby have all been the subject of a new BBC television series ‘The Story of England’. Presented by Michael Woods, the programme will tell the story of one community through the whole of English history. The six part series begins on Wednesday 22nd September on BBC Four at 9pm. (Please visit: for more information and to see when it will be repeated)

The series uses documents, landscape, buildings, science and archaeology; and together with the help of current villagers, the series explores the lives of ordinary people against the backdrop of national events across nearly 2000 years such as the Romans, the Black Death, civil wars, the industrial revolution and the world wars.

The first episode will also feature an in-depth interview with Peter Liddle, Leicestershire County Councils Archaeologist, about Anglo-Saxon Leicestershire. The County Council has been involved since the start of the filming in July 2009 when residents dug over 50 test pits in their gardens and even in their local pub car park! The excavation work gave ample evidence that the area had been continuously occupied since pre Roman times.

The County Council’s Record Office has also been heavily involved in research for the series. The last four episodes of the series will feature Record Office staff, with Kibworth wills and parish registers and documents relating to framework knitters and women’s suffrage campaigners.

Michael Wood has written a book, including photographs, to accompany the series and it will be available to purchase from 30th September.

David Sprason, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, said:

"Leicestershire is steeped in history and this is a fantastic way of sharing our heritage with everyone. This was a remarkable project that brought a whole community together to discover some of the hidden secrets in Leicestershire’s past. Their hard work and enthusiasm together with the knowledge and experience of the County Council’s Archaeologist have helped to bring this whole series together. I would encourage everyone to turn on and tune in to their television sets this Wednesday evening."