De Montfort University’s Heritage Centre showcases the rich history that surrounds our campus and tells the story of the university and its contribution to teaching, research and the lives of our students over 145 years. It hosts two gallery spaces which will support our ongoing temporary exhibitions programme.
Built around the medieval arches of the Church of Annunciation, the Heritage Centre tells visitors the story of The Newarke and how this historic location developed during Roman settlement, expanded into a significant religious site during the 1300s and is believed to be where King Richard III’s body was laid out for public view, before he was taken to Grey Friars Church.
It highlights the significant role that art, humanities, fashion, manufacturing, technology, nursing and health studies programmes have played in forming a vibrant and creative community since the original campus was established in 1870.
The Heritage Centre also showcases the inspiring achievements of DMU staff and students, past and present. This changing space recognises accomplishments and reflects the university’s pride in the skills and knowledge developed at DMU. By collaborating with students and academic faculties we hope to create a unique living archive of student success.