On Wednesday MAY 9th our guest presenter is ROY SMART who will be speaking on:


Another Icarus? The Story of Percy Pilcher


Percy Sinclair Pilcher 1866 - 99 was killed at Stanford-on-Avon during a demonstration of flying. He was Britain’s aviation pioneer who had developed a glider, the Hawk, in which in 1897 he had actually flown. He went on to develop a triplane to carry an engine to create the first powered flight. He was the first Englishman to die in the cause of ‘the conquest of the air’ when on the cusp of becoming the most famous name in aviation history. Roy Smart presents this magnificent man, his flying machines and the historic, but as yet unheralded, achievements of his sister Ella who helped him in his work. 


Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at

The Roman Way Community Centre, Roman Way, Market Harborough, LE16 7PQ

All welcome. Entry £3 for non-members



Events and Dates for your Diary

Exhibition at Lamport Hall Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July - a two day exhibition of Northamptonshire’s Ideal Countrymen. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Includes displays of books, pictures and memorabilia, film shows and illustrated talks. View website for more details or


Changing Leicestershire War Memorials – Survey Now Live!

Changing Leicestershire War Memorials is a research project funded by the Century of Stories project. Be part of this opportunity to give your views on war memorials, c.100 years after they were first built. Your views, memories, photographs and postcards of war memorials are invited, and could form part of a visual exhibition for the Century of Stories conference day and a conference paper to be delivered on Friday 9th November 2018.


The data will also be used as part of a University of Leicester PhD project being carried out by the same researcher, Elizabeth Blood. This project seeks to understand how people feel about and have got involved with war memorials during the WW1 Centenary period.


Each respondent will automatically be entered into a prize draw, the winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher! Please be sure to leave your email address.


We look forward to hearing your views. Take part in the survey at:

Elizabeth Blood

Researcher, Century of Stories project | PhD Candidate (University of Leicester)


Coal and Canals: A History in Video and Songs

A multi media show of musicians and vocalists, narrator and film sequences telling the intertwining stories of coal and canals.

Friday 1st June, Ashby-de-la-Zouch Library – Tickets TIC 01530 – 411767

Saturday 2nd June, Ashby-de-la-Zouch Library – Tickets TIC 01530 – 411767

Saturday 9th June, OSCA Centre, Atherstone – Tickets 01827 – 713634 Steve

For queries phone: Brian – 07791 174742



Kelmarsh Hall – Series of Lectures

Please find below a link to the program to the Summer Lecture Series, at Kelmarsh Hall. This promises to be a lively and engaging series that I am sure will be of interest to many.  See the link below.


Tiffany Brownell

Learning & Activities Officer

The Kelmarsh Trust
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens



NN6 9LY | T: 01604 686543 | F: 01604 686437

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Museum Accreditation number 2343

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For more information contact Len Holden on 01858 – 446067. Email



Market Harborough Historical Society was founded in 1931 and became a Registered Charity in 1984 and was re-registered in 2014 Charity No. 1157244