Get involved with our ChangeMakers: Centenary Festival

Posted by cc576 at Sep 30, 2021 01:58 PM |
Your guide for the day
On Saturday 2 October, we are hosting our ChangeMakers: Centenary Festival. On this day of engaging and interactive activities, we'll demonstrate how we are true ‘Citizens of Change’. We will showcase this through our pioneering research, our partnerships and our talented staff, students, alumni, and partners. This event also includes the launch of art installations Hands of Freedom, Our 100 Exhibition and our self-guided campus tour narrated by Michael Attenborough CBE.

Centenary Central  

10.00am – 3.00pm Come meet us at the Centenary Central Booth on Centenary Square to pick up a map and a programme and say hi to the Centenary Team!

Citizens of Change Scavenger Hunt   

Travel round our campus to find and learn about our cool attractions. Find all of our landmarks and get entered into a competition to win a Centenary goody box!

  • Jane the Dinosaur: Visit Jane The Dinosaur. Jane is our resident juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex. Jane stands some 2.3m tall at the hip and is 6.4m long, and is about half the height and length of a full-grown T-rex.
  • Rocket Round Leicester: View the University of Leicester Rocket Round Leicester Rocket which has an extended stay for the Centenary Festival.
  • Astronomical Clock: Visit the Astronomical Clock installed in 1989: its special mechanisms and dials display relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets.
  • Periodic Table of Elements: Visit the The Periodic Table of Elements where each element in the table contains a sample inside.
  • Richard III Replica Bones: Visit a replica of Richard III's bones, famously discovered in Leicester in 2012 and reinterred at Leicester Cathedral in 2015.
  • Skylark Rocket: Visit our Physics Building Foyer to see our Skylark rocket - Skylark originated in 1955 when the Royal Society embarked on a programme of upper atmosphere research.
  • Archive & Special Collections: Visit our David Wilson Library Foyer and view our special collection of archives.
  • Citizens of Change Trees: get your tag and pen from the registration booth, tell us what you want to change in the next 100 years and attach it to our Centenary Trees.
  • Attenborough Scratching: Look for and find where the Attenborough’s scratched their names on our Charles Wilson building when they lived and grew up on our campus.
  • 100 Numbers: View and enjoy our giant interactive 100 numbers, specially commissioned for the Centenary.
  • Centenary Pods: Enjoy our meeting pods, maybe take a selfie in one!

Attenborough Tower

10.00am – 4.00pm Hands of Freedom

View the city-wide temporary art exhibition created by award-winning artist Vishal Joshi. The project has collected over 1000 'hand portraits' from communities and residents across Leicestershire, and Joshi has used these to create and inspire new artworks and installations.

Fielding Johnson Building   

Join us outside the main campus building and former County Asylum, which, in 1911, was identified by Medical Officers from the Territorial Force as a suitable location for a military hospital.

10.00am - 4.00pm Our 100 Exhibition: View a selection of illustrations from our Centenary Memory Bank designed specifically for the Centenary.

10.00am - 4.00pm Self-Guided Campus Tours Narrated By Michael Attenborough: Listen to intriguing facts about the public campus and it’s building whilst listening to a famous name – if you don’t manage to get around to this today, come visit us at Centenary Central for a free tea or coffee voucher valid only for Sunday 3 October to return for the tour (limited amount available).

Centenary Stage   

Join us in the marquee for performances throughout the day.

Our performance schedule will conclude with our ChangeMakers Procession and Performance by local company Inspirate featuring puppets, drums and more.

Centenary Square

Try one of the outlets in our new Campus Kitchen in the Percy Gee Building

  • Craft Coffee House: Craft Coffee House is our coffee brand that encompasses the Leicester heritage of manufacturing and textiles through our brand name and logo.
  • Soul: Soul was named in collaboration with the Students’ Union African and Caribbean Society, to provide African/Caribbean inspired dishes.
  • Astrovan: With a variety of set toppings on either skinny fries, sweet potato fries or chunky chips as well as on large baked crushed jacket potatoes, you can enjoy something different everyday of the week.
  • Queens Pizza and Pasta: We are bringing the taste of Italy to the University of Leicester! Our Italian inspired outlet, offers a choice of wood fired pizzas with made to order pasta dishes.
  • Wholesome: This is our 100% plant-based outlet that includes whole grains and pulses. Situated below our Craft Coffee House, this intimate area is great for speedy grab-and-go dishes and flavoursome styles of food.
  • Smokey’s BBQ

Attenborough Film Theatre

Have a sit down in our Attenborough Film Theatre and enjoy some short films including:

  • 12.00pm Our History: Our Centenary Video: So that they may have life (2 mins)
  • 12.05pm Our Space: Take a closer look at Space Park Leicester (2 mins) & Space Park Timelapse (2 mins)
  • 12.10pm Our DNA: How to Extract DNA from a Strawberry (5 mins)
  • 12.15pm Our DNA: Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys marks 35 years since discovery of DNA fingerprinting (33 mins)
  • 12.50pm Our Community: The Harms of Hate (14 mins)
  • 2.00pm Our History: Our Centenary Video: So that they may have life (2 mins)
  • 2.05pm Our Space: Take a closer look at Space Park Leicester (2 mins) and Space Park Timelapse (2 mins)
  • 2.10pm Our DNA: How to Extract DNA from a Strawberry (5 mins)
  • 2.15pm Our DNA: Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys marks 35 years since discovery of DNA fingerprinting (33 mins)
  • 2.50pm Our Community: The Harms of Hate (14 mins)

Attenborough Arts Centre  

Head to the Arts Centre of our Institution for a range of creative workshops and exhibitions.

  • 10.00am - 4.00pm World is Work in Progress Exhibition: The World is a Work in Progress is an exhibition that invites local communities, contemporary artists and our visitors to come together to share their visions for the future. Encompassing tactile tapestry, spaces for thinking and dreaming, brand new sculpture and protest banners, the exhibition features newly commissioned works, co-produced projects and several significant loans by artists whose work actively engages with the conditions of our time.
  • 10.00am - 4.00pm Yambe Tam: Cosmic Garden: ‘Cosmic Garden’ is a solo exhibition by London-based artist Yambe Tam (b.1989, US). The immersive sound and sculpture installation imagines a primordial garden that lies in darkness. Echoing the forms and function of the Japanese dry garden, ‘Cosmic Garden’ is a celebration of the formidable power and form of the natural world: from the depths of the oceans to the farthest reaches of outer space.
  • 10.00am - 4.00pm My Land Your Land Exhibition: My Land is Your Land and Your Land is My Land is a sound and visual installation for open public spaces, providing MP3 players and a comfortable place to sit. The audience are invited to listen to stories of the young people. After their experience, each audience member is invited to draw or write about their ‘home’ on specially designed postcards, reflecting on the stories they have heard.
  • 11.00am - 2.00pm Poppy Wreath Making Workshop: Join us in the main hall and spend time making your own poppy wreath.
  • 11.00am - 2.00pm Help Art Save Lives Workshop: Created by Artist Bob and Roberta Smith and Jessica Voorsanger in 2021, #HelpArtSaveLives is a fundraising initiative where works of art are sold for a donation to a life-saving charity. Now Bob and Roberta Smith invites us all to #HelpArtSaveLives

ChangeMaker Talks

Head to our Astley Clarke Lecture Theatre; the first new building on the original site after 1921, to enjoy a day of talks on our history research. Dr Astley Clarke's idea for a new university became a focus for the foundation of the living memorial. Join our Research Associate Liz Blood as she takes you through how the institution was founded and opened to students in 1921 in our Founding of The University Keynote. Join our TED Style Talks throughout the day, our Research Experts have just 15 minutes to capture you with their topics which include:

  • 11.00am When The Heart Rhythm Goes Frenzy – Professor Andre Ng
  • 11.30am Race, Activism and Football or Racism in Videogames - Dr Paul Campbell
  • 12.00pm The Beasts We Breathe Out - Professor Mike Barer
  • 12.00pm Walking Pace: A Biological Vital Sign - Professor Thomas Yates
  • 12.30pm Keynote: The Founding Of The University Dr Liz Blood
  • 12.30pm Acknowledging Diversity in Healthcare - Dr Pranab Haldar
  • 1.00pm Political cycles: Reflections on reporting UK politics over five decades - Tor Clark
  • 1.30pm ‘Hating Rashford, Sancho And Saka…What The Fallout From England Football Team’s Defeat On Penalties Tells Us About Britain today’ Dr Chris Allen
  • 1.30pm Not All Viruses Are Bad - Professor Martha Clokie
  • 3.30pm Homeworking - is it all bliss? - Professor Stephen Wood
  • 3.30pm An Urban History of China - Dr Toby Lincoln

To find out more about the day, visit our ChangeMakers: Centenary Festival website.

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