The Society was founded in 1980 when one of the main aims was to establish a Folk Museum from a growing collection of artifacts of Wigston
life. This was achieved in 1983 but sadly had to be disbanded after about
ten years when new premises could not be found.
In the early days members were very active putting on displays
about the history of the area, taking part in archaeological digs, metal
detecting with the Leicester Search Society, doing field walks and taking
part in a footpath survey. A collection of Transactions was started and has
become a valuable and useful asset.
An ongoing feature is the publication of a Bulletin three times a year. This contains a fascinating written record of the monthly meetings together with news and short pieces of local research submitted by members.
Individual members have produced several books of local interest
centred on Wigston Magna and South Wigston. Some are on specific topics
i.e. walks, memories, humour, buildings, Long Street School, Wesleyan
Methodist Church and Harcourt Estate while others feature archive
photographs, both lent by others and collected by members themselves.
continue to carry out research and one recent project was a 'Who's Who' of
people with connections to Wigston's past
The Society maintains close contact with both the
of the GWHS also
belong to at least one of these groups too. Currently the
members and the focus is on the monthly meetings with speakers, and outings during the summer.
a social evening held with quiz
zes, drinks and nibbles
The Society's President is local historian
Duncan Lucas, and the
current Chairman is Mike Forryan. The Society is run by a committee who are elected annually by the membership, which also fixes the annual subscription rate.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at Age UK, Paddock Street, Wigston.
Further details may be obtained from the Secretary, Ann Cousins, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org