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De Montfort University Heritage Centre

DMU Heritage Centre

De Montfort University’s Heritage Centre will showcase the rich history that surrounds our campus and the story of the university.


About the De Montfort University Heritage Centre

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. 

Opening times

We're closed for the holidays and re-open on January 9

12pm to 5pm

For all queries please contact us on 0116 207 8729 or at

Heritage Sundays
The last Sunday of every month from March 2018, 11am – 3pm.

Visit Leicester Castle, Trinity Chapel and Gardens (herb garden pictured below) and the Heritage Centre.

For more information about this event please click here


Based in the Hawthorn Building on the De Montfort University campus, the centre can be accessed via the entrance on The Newarke, opposite the Trinity Chapel. Postcode: LE2 7GZ

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