I work with community-level councils, parish meetings, charitable trusts, community-managed libraries and neighbourhood planning groups.   I am also a consultant for the Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils.

Based in a village on the North York Moors, I write books about history, undertake research and heritage projects, and use photography to illustrate my work. 

Celebrating ... a new book

I am writing a new book for Amberley Publishing, part of a new series celebrating towns and cities in the United Kingdom.  My book will cover the city of Leicester.

Unlike many histories which often focus on what is lost, this series recognise a city's achievements, success stories and heritage.

The book will explore industries that have provided employment and prosperity,  the buildings, and the people who have made Leicester's successful worldwide.

Can I help you?

I am aways interested in new projects, working with parish or town councils and community organisations.   If I can be of assistance,  please use the CONTACT FORM or send me an email.  

Email - contact@stephenbutt.co.uk

Telling the story of a city's heritage

© Leicester City Council
© Leicester City Council

I recently completed research for a further ten heritage interpretation panels for the city of Leicester.

The subjects of the new panels include the King Power stadium, former rally driver Graham Goode's garage in Aylestone, the Raw Dykes earthworks and the former Asfordby Street police station.

Over a hundred panels are already installed across the city and neighbouring historic villages.  They cover key periods in the city's history including Roman, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and the twentieth century.

The project supports the city's tourism agenda and helps residents and visitors understand and appreciate key sites across Leicester.

Link to the Story of Leicester website


.. and the history of a village cemetery


Village cemeteries, often located in out-of-the-way places, are an important part of our history.

Working with the Art Studio, Nottingham and the village history group,  I provided the research, images and design concept for this interpretation panel at Billesdon & Rolleston cemetery in Leicestershire.

Some of my previous parish and community projects

Unveiling plaques to commemorate the lives of local people.

Managing recreation grounds and play areas.

Setting up neighbourhood planning groups.

Writing Community Emergency Plans with Local Resilience Forum officers.

Acquiring and preparing land for community allotments.

Working with community-managed libraries.

Books in print - a selection   

Historic England : Leicester

This illustrated history is a nostalgic look at Leicester's past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. 

The photographs are from the Historic England archive of over twelve million photographs  Historic England: Leicester shows the city and the county of Leicestershire as they once were,  the buildings, people and special places.

Published in softcover by Amberley Publishing and Historic England, 2018.  96 pages. 107 black & white and colour images.  £14.99

British Retail: shaping the High Street

Whether you are nine or ninety, shopping is part of everyday life. 

In this book I tell the stories of the men and women behind the corporations that built the modern-day high street and changed the way we shopped.   

Many of today's the high street names began with men and women who had ideas, imagination and sheer determination in a different age.

Link to details on Pen & Sword's website


Published in hardback by Pen & Sword, 2018.  208 pages.  40 black & white illustrations. £19.99

Nichols' Lost Leicestershire

John Nichols' monumental History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester has been the foundation of historical research in Leicestershire since it was completed in eight massive volumes in 1815.

Nichols' Lost Leicestershire celebrates his devotion and commitment to the county by looking at how some of the buildings he illustrated two hundred years ago have survived to the present day.

Link to details on Amberley Publishing's website

Published in softcover by Amberley Publishing, 2015.  96 pages.  100 black & white and colour images.  £14.99.

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