Lecture reveals city's early history

Posted by pt91 at Sep 11, 2012 09:00 AM |
Director of ULAS to give City Mayor Lecture to take place at University of Leicester

Issued by Leicester City Council on 7 September 2012

THE story of Leicester's first 1,500 years of history will take centre stage in the second of a series of City Mayor Lectures.

The lecture, entitled Leicester’s Story, will be delivered jointly by Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby and the University of Leicester's director of archaeological services Richard Buckley.

It takes place on Monday October 1, from 6.30pm to 8pm at the University of Leicester's Peter Williams Lecture Theatre.

The lecture will focus on the city's first 1,500 years of existence, finishing at the end of medieval period, and will explain how recent research and discoveries have shed light on the diet, health and lives of the population throughout the city's history.

Peter Soulsby will then detail the Connecting Leicester plans, which aim to reconnect historical areas of the city that have been separated by developments in the last century.

He said: "Leicester has a rich and varied history, and we are lucky to have many important historical sites within the city.

"This lecture will be a great chance for people to come along and learn more about how the population lived in the past, and to see how the city will continue to develop in the future.

"Leicester has a fascinating story to tell, and it is through the work of people like Richard Buckley that we are able to piece it together. I'm sure that there will be a lot of interest in this lecture."

Richard Buckley is currently leading the University of Leicester’s team on the excavation of the Greyfriars site, with the aim of finding the long-lost remains of King Richard III.

As co-director of the University of Leicester’s archaeological services, he is also involved in managing archaeological fieldwork projects principally in the East Midlands.

The lecture is free to attend but booking is recommended. To book visit leicester.gov.uk/citymayorlecture or call 0116 252 6085.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.

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