History museum in Leicester is big hit with students 

Chanelle Laoudi

Visitors have praised Leicester’s Newarke Houses Museum for its exhibition of local history.

Special needs teacher Patrick Broome, from Leicester, took his students on a day trip to the Newarke Houses Museum and gardens on Wednesday, October 29.

Mr Broome said: “It’s cold outside so I thought I would take the students to the facility because it’s nice for them, and me, to see local history.

“My favourite part is the trench experience.”

The museum tells the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment with a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting effects.

Additionally, it displays oral histories, computer interactive technology, a cinema experience and a 1950s street scene inspired by Wharf Street.

Another visitor of the museum, 26-year-old, Marco Biancardi, said: “I’ve recently moved from Fossola, a small village in Italy, near the city of Carrara and I find the museum interesting and useful for understanding the British culture.

“Leicester is surprisingly good, I had never heard of it before applying to Erasmus.”

Erasmus is a European exchange programme where students from participating universities, including De Montfort University and University of Leicester, can study, travel and live abroad.

Mr Biancardi added: “It’s different from Italy, people are from everywhere over here, I like it because it’s multicultural and I like that I can go everywhere on foot.

“In Italy it is completely different, very busy. Here, it’s not busy. It doesn’t feel like a city.

“I don’t like big cities.”

For more information on what’s on at Newarke Houses Museum visit: http://bit.ly/1vlwbqc

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