Meetings 2nd Wednesday of the month (Sep-May)
at the Methodist Church Hall Youth Wing, Northampton Rd, Market Harborough (opposite Market Hall).  


2023/24 download handy trifold programme


Secretary: Dr Len Holden


Founded in 1931 for those interested in local history and archaeology, we have monthly talks from September to May, with a local field trip in June.  Our local history conference (The History Day) takes place in October and is dedicated in memory of J.C. Davies and Michael Brown, both of whom contributed considerably to the Society.

The Society’s collection of historical memorabilia collected over many years formed the basis of the Harborough Museum when it was opened in 1983 as a joint  venture between Leicestershire County Council, Harborough District Council and MHHS.

Membership (£15 single / £21 family) includes monthly talks and a copy of The Harborough Historian annual journal. Due to rising costs, all meetings are subject to a £1 door fee per person. Non-members are always welcome (£3 per meeting + £1 door charge) and we offer prospective members a free “try before you buy” first visit.



Registered charity No. 1157244






This is an excellent publication in every way, from the lovely image on its cover through to the very useful timeline and extensive bibliography with which it concludes.

The scholarship and local knowledge on which each chapter is based are of a consistently high standard, and a great credit to all the individuals who have contributed to the book.

Every possible aspect of the history of Harborough and its district during this period has been well covered, in a very informative, often entertaining and very readable way (including the size of the print). It is beautifully illustrated throughout”

Cynthia Brown (LAHS)



Everything about this book is wonderful .... I shall gently read it all through the summer: each page shows immense care and research, I so love that.”
  - Carmen Callil



Volume 1 :
 "A History of Market Harborough"

Purchase locally from Quinns bookshop (Three Crowns Yard, High St, Market Harborough), Society monthly meetings or Waterstones. Hardback  £15


 Volume 2: 1850 - to present
will be published later this year





Harborough Historian Index & download files
 Latest addition:
Employment Trends in a Village: East Farndon 1777-1911