Sir David Attenborough lecture at University of Leicester: Ticket information

Posted by ap507 at Jan 08, 2016 03:40 PM |
Sir David will give a free ticketed public lecture on Thursday 28 January 2016

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 January 2016

The University of Leicester will open tickets to the public on Monday 11 January at 12 noon for a lecture by Sir David Attenborough.

Sir David Attenborough will be returning to the place of his Leicester childhood to give a lecture as well as open a new fully-inclusive gallery at the Attenborough Arts Centre which was championed by his late brother Lord Attenborough.

He will be visiting the campus on Thursday 28 January to deliver the University’s flagship Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture on Beauty in Nature, which is free and open to the public.

Please note that this lecture will now be held at De Montfort Hall. The information below is included for historical reference only.

The lecture takes place in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre at the University of Leicester starting at 5pm.

Members of the public can book tickets to the lecture online from 12 noon on Monday 11 January 2016 via the following site: (will go live at 12 noon on 11 January).  Around 200 spaces are available in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre and Sir David’s lecture can also be viewed via a video link in the Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre by up to another 250 people.

Jim Butler, Head of Corporate Events at the University of Leicester, said the lecture was likely to be oversubscribed and tickets allocated to the public would be available on a first come first served basis.

“We recognise that we cannot possibly accommodate all those who would want to be at the lecture. Therefore, we are also giving people an opportunity to watch Sir David’s lecture in an overflow facility where there will be a live video-link of the talk.

A video interview with Sir David will also be made available to the public via the University’s site.

On the following day after the lecture, on Friday 29 January, Sir David will officially open the new £1.5million gallery extension at Attenborough Arts Centre, the University’s inclusive, multi-use arts venue on Lancaster Road. In the evening there will be a preview of the new exhibition by internationally acclaimed artists Lucy + Jorge Orta. The duo produce artwork that questions the social and ecological sustainability of the planet. The public can book tickets for the preview exhibition on Friday 29 January, 6pm – 9pm or Box office: 0116 252 2455.

  • The University of Leicester is offering three lucky people a chance to put their questions personally to Sir David. Questions must be submitted by individuals in one of three categories: under 16s; 16-21; over 21s.  Can you think of an interesting enough question that Sir David might choose to answer?

Send your questions to: . Please include your name, age, address and telephone number

Deadline for submission of questions is Wednesday 20th January.  Those selected to put their questions will be informed by Monday 25 January and each will receive a ticket for them and a guest to attend the lecture.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Jim Butler on

A separate media operational note for Sir David’s visit will be issued to media in due course.

Lord Grocott – Chancellor of the University of Leicester

Distinguished Labour Life Peer the Rt. Hon. Lord Grocott is the sixth Chancellor of the University of Leicester.

A former student of the University of Leicester who has devoted his life to public service, he returned to the University as Chancellor - the first time that this has occurred in the history of the University. Bruce Grocott, who is also an Honorary Graduate of the University, was installed as Chancellor at a Degree Ceremony in January 2013. He succeeded Sir Peter Williams who stepped down in 2010 after five years of sterling service.

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