Public invited to learn about architectural heritage of University of Leicester

Posted by er134 at Sep 10, 2014 01:25 PM |
University of Leicester to offer public engagement events between 11 – 13 September 2014

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 September 2014

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The University of Leicester will be opening its doors to the public by hosting a series of events to explore the rich architectural heritage of the buildings on campus.

The events are part of the Heritage Open Days initiative, which is designed to celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

The three events which the University of Leicester will be running include: First World War-themed tours of the campus and its adjacent area; Campus architecture tours; and visits to the University’s Special Collections to see the Sue Townsend and Joe Orton Archives.

Dr Simon Dixon, Digital Humanities and Special Collections Manager at the University, said: “From the old nineteenth-century county asylum to the Grade 2* listed Engineering Building, the University of Leicester campus has a rich architectural heritage.

“Our Heritage Open Days activities begin with a chance to find out more about how the site was used during the First World War, before it became a University. On the Saturday we’re providing visitors with the opportunity to see some of our most iconic buildings close up, as well as inviting them into the Library to see the wonderful archives of Leicester’s Joe Orton and Sue Townsend.”

A guided tour of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden’s history will also be available, featuring the preserved and restored Edwardian garden, on Thursday 11 September.

The list of events is as follows:

Thursday 11 September: Tour time 1.30pm-3.30pm

University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Glebe Road, Oadby

Join a guided tour of the history of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, featuring the preserved and restored Edwardian garden. The tour will be led by local historian Rowan Roenisch and will provide an introduction to the English Domestic Revival and Gertrude Jekyll's influence on garden design. The development and role of the Botanic Garden as part of the University, its role in collecting, research and conservation will also be explored. Although the tour is aimed primarily at adults, children 12+ may also find it interesting. The tour lasts approx. one and half hours; wear comfortable footwear and be prepared in case of wet weather. Meet at the main entrance to the garden on Glebe Road.

Friday 12 September: Tour times every hour between 10:00am – 3:00pm (except 12:00pm)

University of Leicester Campus World War I and History Tours

University of Leicester, University Road, LE1 7RH

Join a historical guided tour of the University of Leicester campus by a student ambassador with a particular focus on the history of the University building's role as a hospital during the First World War.

Saturday 13 September: Tour times 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm

University of Leicester Campus Tours

Fielding Johnson Building, University Road, LE1 7RH

A unique opportunity to discover more about the notable range and importance of the University of Leicester campus architecture. Join a guided tour which includes a rare opportunity to see inside the Engineering Building, described as one of the ten most inspiring buildings in Britain. Also, enjoy some of the finest views across Leicester from the Charles Wilson building.

Saturday 13th September: Talks times 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:30pm

David Wilson Library: Sue Townsend and Joe Orton Archives

University of Leicester, University Road, LE1 7RH

The University of Leicester holds rich collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives. The papers of Joe Orton and Sue Townsend, Leicester¹s most celebrated writers of the twentieth century, are among some of the most treasured. This unique opportunity will allow members of the public to see the iconic items of these collections including the draft manuscript of the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Joe Orton's scrapbooks and letters. Talks telling the interesting stories behind famous books and plays will also be given.

All sessions can accommodate a maximum of 16 people per session. To book a place on the tours and talks, pre-booking is essential. Please call Visit Leicester on 0116 299 4444 to book your place.

For more information about all the events in the Leicester area visit the Visit Leicester website:

For more information about the Heritage Open Days visit the Heritage Open Days website:


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