History fans celebrate the 600th anniversary of Agincourt

By Lily Thake

History fanatics gathered to celebrate the 600th CRISPINanniversary of the battle of Agincourt this Sunday.

The free event took place at Leicester’s Jewry Wall Museum from 11.30pm to 3.30pm on October 25.

It was set-up to commemorate Henry V’s victory in battle over the French in Agincourt on October 25 1415.

Sharon Collins, committee member of ‘Friends of Jewry Wall Museum’ and fellow re-enactor, said: “This event is vital to maintaining and keeping the museum alive. We hope it will encourage more people to visit.”

Guests eagerly queued at the lunch stand for their free samples of a selection of Ploughman’s lunch.

They were also invited to take part in activities for a small charge, such as holding birds of prey and having a go at archery.

The experience included free demonstrations on medieval armor, gruesome surgery and combat techniques.

The museum is run by Leicester City Council and since proposals of cuts, ‘Friends of Jewry Wall Museum’ have been actively promoting it.

Mrs Collins said: “Our aim as a committee is to keep Jewry Wall open and renovated. We hold events three or four times a year roughly.

“I helped with the food today, we had to create authentic recipes for the Ploughman’s in a modern kitchen, which was insightful.”

Several reenactors were dressed in medieval clothing and on location to offer their expertise on specific aspects of history.

Matthew Heaver, a recent graduate of Wolverhampton University and avid history fan, came dressed as a medieval knight.

Mr Heaver said: “The group of reenactors here have taken part in the film Fake Heart, which is a low budget film. I featured in Born of Hope, a fan made Lord of The Rings prequel. We have all had our own share of experiences.”

To close the event, the battle of Agincourt was re-enacted and the brutal hand-to-hand tactics of medieval battle were revealed.

Tom Simon, a local visitor said: “I love history and my son loves birds. There is free food, a nice variety of activities and I think it is a good chance for a decent day out for the whole family.”

New DMU facilities revealed in The Watershed official opening


By Lily Thake

Sports teams and societies gathered to celebrate the opening of a new DMU student facility, The Watershed, this Monday.

Vice Chancellor of De Montfort University, Professor Dominic Shellard officially invited DMU’s 100-plus societies to use the space, on November 2 at 12pm.

In his opening speech, Professor Shellard said: “I think this is a massive opportunity to hand over to DSU much better space for sports, for societies. There’s going to be a common room and masses of meeting rooms.”

As a former youth centre, The Watershed was sold to DMU, following a deal with mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, in March 2015 and cost almost £1 million.

After Mr Shellard’s speech the ribbon, tied at the entrance of The Watershed, was cut by the President of the Rowing Club, Jack Laugher.

The opening is particularly good news for Mr Laugher and his club, as the space provides indoor facilities equal to any major rowing university in the UK.

Mr Laugher said: “The Rowing club is doing so well but we are restricted by a lack of facilities. To have our own indoor space in this venue is huge for us.”

Visitors were supplied with free snacks, given a tour around the building, and a chance to view the Rowing Club’s live indoor action on the machines.

A comments box was also supplied for visitors to give opinions on what the empty second floor space should be used for.

Leighton James, Secretary of the Hockey Team, said: “This is pushing the university in the right direction and although the venue is mainly setup for the Rowing Club, it can be utilised for other sports teams like us.”

He added: “It will be especially great to house our new indoor hockey.”

The building is situated just off Upperton Road, near the River Soar, Leicester and has a sports hall, common room, office space, changing rooms and meeting rooms.

The interior can be used by DMU societies for activities and meetings, catering for numerous sports such as indoor cricket, netball, basketball and volleyball.

Jade Bolton, Secretary of DMU Saints cheerleading team, said: “We are appreciative of the new space and so grateful.

“It’s important to come to the event and show the people who opened it that we appreciate the venue and the work they have put in to get it here at DMU.”

Leicester centre launches as main hub for Documentary Media Month



The Wot Space at Highcross launched it’s centre to host a variety of events for Documentary Media Month on Wednesday at 6pm.

Leicester’s sixth film festival will include with free film screenings, workshops and inspirational talks across the city this November.

The ‘global citizens’ theme this year will focus on real people’s lives, places and events around the world.

The pop up Documentary Media Centre will be the main hub for information and events.

Doc Media Centre Founder John Coster said: “The whole idea of this is to get people interested in documentary film. We also want to address the fact that not all documentaries have to be about such heavy issues.”

Mr Coster set up the space and has relied on donated camera equipment and the use of free silent disco headphones.

He added: “The headphones have allowed us to screen multiple films in the space at once and the projector to get films about big issues on to the big screen.”

The events will cover four areas: film, photography, audio and new media.

They will be focusing on how the media treats marginalized groups such as the homeless, gypsies, migrants and disabled.

The Reportage Club taking place throughout the month at the Media Centre will feature appearances from special guests.

Photographer Kajal Nisha Patel will host a discussion and showcase examples from her portfolio on Thursday November 5.

BBC Radio Leicester presenter Ed Stagg will be giving a talk about his career on Thursday November 19.

Alex Faulkner, media production graduate said: “As a photographer I’ll probably attend the Reportage Club but being interested in documentaries and film in general, all the events sound interesting.”

Other events include a screening of Agora, a documentary focusing on the Greek/EU crisis and a 48 hour docfilm challenge.

Mr Coster said: “One of the aims of this centre is to bring together a range of people from the public to students to academics. It’s rare these sets of people will come together for discussions.”

DMU Programme Leader for Communication Arts Ben Archer said: “As a new course, we’re keen for our students to get interested and participate in community media so this film festival will be excellent for them to get involved with.”

For a full list of events visit docmediacentre.org or follow @DocMediaCentre on twitter for updates.

The festival ends November 30.