So that they may have life projects

As part of our 2020 National Lottery Heritage Fund project So that they may have life, Archives and Special Collections have been delighted to work with twelve work placement students from the University of Leicester School of Museum Studies. Working alongside the project team, the groups have researched and interpreted aspects of the history of the University from our origins in the aftermath of the first world war through to the experiences of students today.

Completed remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, each of the projects represents a virtual gallery space within a digital museum of the history of the University of Leicester. The first exhibit tells our founding story through an iconic object in our archives, The Golden Book, and the gifts of money and objects that it records. Mary Attenborough: The Hidden History takes the story into the 1930s with a focus on an important and often overlooked figure in our early history. Our final two exhibits celebrate the contribution of the thousands of students who have been part of the University's story since our foundation. A Bridge from Then to Now: Heritage and the Sylvia Dowling Letters places centre stage an extraordinary series of correspondence from one of our 1950s alumni. Bringing the story to the present day, 100 Years of Student Life is a web and app based walking tour of the campus which shares stories of students past and present and their connection with our campus. 

Supporting the exhibitions and walking tour are a series of learning resources aimed at Key Stage 2 students.   

Our Golden Beginnings

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'Our Golden Beginnings' is an online exhibition on the philanthropic origins of the University of Leicester in the early 1900s....

Mary Attenborough: The Hidden History

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An exhibition telling the 'hidden history' of Mary Attenborough: an humanitarian, advocate for equal rights, supporter of arts and culture,...

A Bridge from Then to Now: Heritage and the Sylvia Dowling Letters

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The Sylvia Dowling letters, written by the student Sylvia Dowling in the late 1950s, offers both a rare glimpse into...

100 years of student life

A walking tour give you a true insight into the University: its history, facilities and the student experience. The tour can also be accessed via The Clio mobile app....

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