University of Leicester to host ‘encore’ of Sir David Attenborough’s public lecture

Posted by ap507 at Apr 18, 2016 11:22 AM |
Public screening of ‘Beauty in Nature’, delivered by the famous naturalist and broadcaster in January, to be held on campus on 27 April due to popular demand

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 18 April 2016

Sir David Attenborough’s lecture for the University of Leicester’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture series entitled ‘Beauty in Nature’, which was originally delivered in January 2016 at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, is to be screened for the public.

The screening will take place on 27 April in the University’s Peter Williams Lecture Theatre from 6pm to 7.30pm.

In addition to the recorded lecture, an exclusive 20 minute interview with Sir David about his childhood memories of growing up in College House on campus at the University of Leicester will also be screened.

Please note that these are video screenings only and Sir David Attenborough will not be present in person.

The lecture, which was part of the University of Leicester’s flagship Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture series inaugurated in 2015, is accompanied by an array of illustrations and clips from Sir David’s BBC wildlife documentaries and explores multiple aspects of ‘beauty’ within nature, ranging from birdsong and dances which form part of mating displays, to the visually striking patterns made in the seabed by a Japanese species of pufferfish.

Tickets for the public screening are free and can be booked via

On the 25 and 27 April there will also be lunchtime screenings for University staff and students only.

Head of Events at the University of Leicester, Jim Butler, said: “We were amazed at the response to the original lecture and with the number of queries from those unable to attend we felt compelled to offer these screenings.  Sir David’s lecture was so inspirational and thought-provoking we hope to give as many people as possible the chance to enjoy his talk.”

Sir David has been an eminent broadcaster, naturalist and campaigner for environmentalism since 1952 and has been connected with numerous exceptional achievement awards including two BAFTAs, and RTS award and an NTA to name a few.

During his visit to the University of Leicester in January 2016 Sir David also officially opened the new £1.5 million gallery extension at the Attenborough Arts Centre, the University’s inclusive, multi-purpose arts facility on Lancaster Road.

The public screening takes place Wednesday 27 April at 6pm at the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre at the University of Leicester.


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