Tilton & District History Group meets five times a year (in September, November, January, March and May), usually on the second Thursday of the month, at Randaberg, Leicester Road, Tilton, at 7.30pm.
Members pursue research into the history and development of Tilton and Halstead and the surrounding district, either individually or in small groups. Outside speakers address open meetings (for example, at a recent meeting on the Hallaton Treasure and Burrough-on-the Hill excavations). Also, visits are made to historic sites and buildings, for example, a recent visit to a deserted medieval village and an evening recently spent viewing stained glass windows in Tilton and Lowesby churches and at Withcote Chapel.Visits are also made to meetings held by other local history societies.
A History-on-the-Hill exhibition morning is held in the Village Hall on a Saturday morning in May every other year (2009, 2013, etc.) at which members report on work in progress through the use of displays. An oral history sub-group meets and reports on its work in the Journal and through the Group's exhibitions.
A high-quality Journal is now published every two years and is available from both Tilton and Billesdon Village shops, and also local bookshops in Uppingham, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Market Harborough and Clarendon Books in Leicester, price £4.50.
Current research topics currently being pursued by members includes the history of the old Church of England elementary school, that of Lowesby school, the medieval chapel at Withcote, and prehistoric tracks to and from Tilton.
If you wish to know more about the Group, please contact tiltononthehill.org.uk who will put you in touch with the group. A warm welcome will be extended to new members.
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