Leicester faith and place trail launch

Posted by pt91 at Oct 04, 2011 11:02 AM |
University of Leicester archaeologists at the Museum & Art Gallery, New Walk, on 7th October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 October 2011

A 'Leicester Faith and Place Trail’ will be launched by a group of University of Leicester archaeologists at the Museum & Art Gallery, New Walk, on 7th October in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sir Robert Burgess.

The launch represents the successful culmination of a project to create a walking route around different places of worship in the city centre, accompanied by an interactive map that includes all places of worship in Leicester.

The trail has been devised entirely by second-year students in the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, with the help of the City’s faith groups.

The Leicester Faith and Place Trail is part of a project investigating the wider meanings of faith and place in the city.

Leicester offers a unique diversity of places of worship in modern Britain, and the project aims to develop understanding about how sacred spaces are perceived and valued within a multicultural society in the 21st century. 

Themes it explores include the interaction between concepts of faith and heritage, perceptions of the sacred in modern cities, and tradition and innovation in diasporic faith communities.

The Trail takes in a small selection of the different places of faith in Leicester City Centre that can be visited by members of the public in the course of a few hours. 

These include centres of worship for Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Sikhism and the Secular Hall in Leicester City Centre, as well as the World Arts Gallery at New Walk Museum, Leicester.

The project organizers argue that archaeology is now very much about understanding the values of present as well as the past: “The Trail highlights how much there is to discover about Leicester. We hope that local people visitors will use it to explore the city”.

The students creating the project are excited about the potential impact on their peers.   They comment: “It should encourage both home and international students to engage with cultural diversity in 21st century Britain”.

More information and an interactive map are available on the website: www.le.ac.uk/faithtrail  

The project has received financial support from the University of Leicester’s Knowledge Exchange scheme, and from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Deirdre O'Sullivan

School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester,

tel 0116 252 2607, email dmo@leicester.ac.uk

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