Research for new Leicester heritage project

25/11/2019

The King Power Stadium is one of the latest locations in Leicester to be featured on an interpretation panel.  I am providing the research and text for ten new panels which will bring to life key events and sites from the city's past.

This first phase of new panels follows the 112 already located across the city and neighbouring historic villages, as part of work to support the city's tourism agenda and help both residents and visitors to understand and appreciate key sites across Leicester. The panels also work in conjunction with the historical information at the Story of Leicester website, on www.storyofleicester.info

They will include a series of panels telling the story of the life and family of renowned furniture designer and architect Ernest Gimson, on the centenary of his death.

The role of Raw Dykes will be also explored, focusing both on the Roman earthworks and later role in the English Civil War, along with panels telling the history of the Gas Cottages and Leicester Gasworks in Aylestone Road.

Sports heritage will also be showcased on panels telling the history of Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Fosse FC 1884, Leicester County Cricket Club and Welford Road rugby stadium.

Leicester Royal Infirmary's history will also feature, as will heritage sites including the Victorian Asfordby Street Police Station in North Evington, and Winstanley House in Braunstone. 

Heritage information panels across the city cover a number of key eras in the city's history, including Roman, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, early 20th century and modern.

It is estimated that the latest phase of panels will cost about £57,000 including all work needed for historical research, production, legal and installation costs. Proposals are also being drawn up for a second phase of panels, highlighting some of the area's medieval, Georgian and industrial heritage, as part of the overall £150,000 budget for the entire programme.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "The heritage information panels have proved to be a fantastic way of bringing to life the city's fascinating history, in a colourful, informative way.

"Some of these sites have been well-preserved over the centuries, while others have changed dramatically over the years. In both cases, these panels shed light on different eras of the city's 2,000-year history, providing both residents and visitors with helpful information, and giving a clearer appreciation of sites representing important points in Leicester's past."

This latest series of nineteen heritage panels is expected to take about 12 months to fully research, design and put into place across the city.