DMU to give rare access to heritage sites this Sunday

By Simon Sansome

De Montfort University (DMU) is giving the public a rare insight into three heritage sites this Sunday, 26th November.

Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 14.09.55The DMU Special Collections department is holding events across the university campus for the public and will be opening the Heritage Centre, Trinity House and Leicester Castle to visitors.

Dr Natalie Hayton, Archives Assistant, in Special Collections, set up a road show in the Clephan building reception, with a display of archived items that the public can get their hands on.

Dr Hayton said: “We are doing the Archive Road Show as it is ‘Explore Your Archive Week’ which is an archive campaign run by National Archives and the Archives Network Association.”

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The event on Sunday will give people a rare chance to see inside these buildings.

Items included in the display are a leaflet from the Australian 1956 Olympic Games, the first armature boxing trophy, rare pop up children’s books of Thumbelina and Beauty and the Beast and rare edition of Fiddler on the Roof.

Dr Hayton added: “It’s about connection in the community and knowing what’s out there or in this case what’s in here. It’s about community history, we’re bringing it across campus and doing a lot of public engagement, so we have a great event on Heritage Sunday. While a lot of the items are not worth a great deal of money it’s our social history that cannot be replace and needs to be protected.”

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There will be lots of children’s events on Sunday and visitors will be able to get their hands on historical artifacts.

Leicester Castle, the Heritage Centre and Trinity House will be open from 11-3pm.

DMU Special Collections is based in the Kimberlin Library room 00.21. For further information Tel: 0116 2078776, Email:, you can also follow DMU collections on twitter @DMUSpeicalColls



Christmas market opens in Leicester

By Harry Rogers



Leicester’s first ever Christmas market was opened yesterday on Market Place.

The market is full of gift ideas, clothing, hot food and drinks to get the city into the festive spirit.

Witek Wilczynski shows off just a small amount of his vast tea collection

Witek Wilczynski, a worker on the Snail and Rabbit loose leaf tea stall, said: “We’ve got a shop in Nottingham but we decided to do something different.

“We came to Leicester as we’re a local business and saw that there was a new Christmas market going on.”

The grand opening of the market was just one of the two main events going on as the Christmas lights were switched on by Mayor Rashmikant Joshi.

Thousands of people filled Humberstone Gate to enjoy the ceremony.

You can find out more information on everything happening in the city over Christmas at