The Vaughan Archaeological and Historical Society was formed on November 18th, 1947. Originally the Society was sponsored by Vaughan College, Leicester and 75% of its members had to be students of that body. In 1955 the status was changed to that of an Associated Society and membership became open. The first President was Dr.W.G.Hoskins and hence a lecture is held in his honour annually.
Originally the Society was active in archaeological and historical research but more latterly it has concerned itself with a supportive role. In recent years this has been shown by donations to church renovations, provision of benches on the motte of Leicester castle and Welford Cemetery, siting of a plaque at Vaughan College to the memory of Dr.W.G.Hoskins and attendance at local history fairs.