15th century Bible used during Richard III reinterment highlights Leicester’s rich heritage

Posted by ap507 at Sep 01, 2016 09:42 AM |
University of Leicester public tours reveal local treasures on Saturday 10 September as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 1 September 2016

Photographs of University of Leicester Chaplain Dr Stephen Foster with the Bible can be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bsfv4kl2azz01t4/AABmxsWP_zxXcYpVT4gMSfi-a?dl=0

The 15th century Bible used during the reinterment of Richard III is one of a number of significant historical treasures at the University of Leicester being made available for the public to view as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

On Saturday 10 September the University of Leicester will be offering visitors to the David Wilson Library an opportunity to see some of the highlights of the collections including a 4th edition Shakespeare folio, original manuscripts from the Joe Orton and Sue Townsend collections and the 15th century Bible used during the reinterment of Richard III in March 2015 – an event of global significance that helped put Leicester on the map worldwide.

At the time that King Richard III was on the throne, no Bible had been printed in England, so England's early Bibles were all printed on the continent. This example was printed by Johannes Amerbach, a Swiss humanist and art collector, at his printing house in Basel. It was printed in 1481, and was a reprint of his 1479 edition, which had sold out.

On the day there will also be a tour of the campus’s unique architecture, including a rare opportunity to see the inside of the Engineering Building, which was designed by Sir James Stirling and James Gowan and has been described as one of the ten most inspiring buildings in Britain.

During this tour visitors will also be taken into the Charles Wilson Building, the work of Denys Lasdun, architect of the Royal National Theatre, which provides some of the finest views across Leicester from anywhere in the city.

Dr Simon Dixon, Archives and Special Collections Manager at the University of Leicester said: “The buildings and collections of the University of Leicester form a vital part of the heritage of our city and region. From the 19th century asylum and World War I hospital that occupied the Fielding Johnson Building, to the world famous Engineering Building, the campus is full of fascinating buildings.

“The University Library holds some of the city’s cultural treasures, such as the Robjohns Collection of rare books and the archives of Sue Townsend and Joe Orton. I’m very pleased that we can welcome members of the public to enjoy these as part of Heritage Open Days.”

The campus of the University of Leicester is notable for the range and importance of its architecture. The oldest building, the imposing Fielding Johnson Building, was built in the 1830s as the Leicestershire and Rutland Lunatic Asylum.

Towering above the old asylum are three distinctive buildings from the 1960s: the Engineering Building, the Attenborough Tower and the Charles Wilson building.

The architecture tours take place at 10am, 12 & 2pm.

The Special Collections talks take place at 12, 2 & 4pm.

Pre-booking for the tours is required. To book call Visit Leicester on 0116 299 4444.

More information about the 15th century Bible is available here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2015/march/richard-iii-era-bible-to-mark-reinterment-ceremony

More information about the Heritage Open Days is available here:

http://www.visitleicester.info/things-to-see-and-do/heritage/heritageopendays/

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Notes to editors:

For more information about the University’s Library and Special Collections contact Dr Simon Dixon on snd6@le.ac.uk

For more information about the University’s campus and architecture contact Colin Hyde on ch38@le.ac.uk

More information about University of Leicester Heritage Open Day events see below:

University of Leicester Campus Architecture Tours

Fielding Johnson Building, University Road, LE1 7RH
Saturday 10 September Tours: 10am, 12noon & 2pm

Pre-booking is required. To book call Visit Leicester on 0116 299 4444.

A unique opportunity to discover more about the notable range and importance of the University of Leicester campus architecture. Join a guided tour of 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. 

Max 20 people per tour/session.

University of Leicester: Treasures of the David Wilson Library

University Road, LE1 7RH
Saturday 10 September Talks: 12noon, 2pm & 4pm

Pre-booking is required. To book call Visit Leicester on 0116 299 4444.

The University of Leicester holds rich collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives. The Library's Special Collections is a treasure trove of cultural heritage. This unique opportunity will allow you to see the iconic items of the collections including the 15th century bible used for the re-interment of King Richard III, a 4th Shakespeare Folio, and original manuscripts from the Joe Orton and Sue Townsend collections. Talks telling the interesting stories behind these items will be given.

Max 16 people per tour/session.

 

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