De Montfort University officially achieved university status in 1992, however our history goes back to 1870. The permanent Timeline Exhibition is situated along the entrance corridor and illustrates the story of DMU, celebrating the advancement of academic programmes, campus development and student opportunities.
The Arches and The Newarke
Featuring the only building remains from the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in the 1350s, this permanent exhibition showcases the surprising discovery of the church arches. Originally excavated in the 1930s during construction to expand the Hawthorn Building, The Arches have been newly restored and demonstrate fantastic examples of medieval masonry.
The Church of the Annunciation was part of a historically significant religious area known as The Newarke. It is believed that Richard III’s body was laid out in this church before his burial in Grey Friars Church so that people could see for themselves that his death was real. Visitors can learn more about this fascinating location and how it transformed into the vibrant area we know today.
Showcase: Terror! Horror! Blood!
Famed for its gruesome Gothic horrors, Hammer films became one of Britain’s most successful productions companies in the 1950s and 1960s. This exhibition tells the story of Hammer through a stable of its most terrifying monsters, exploring how each contributed to the making and eventual breaking of this infamous institution. Created in partnership with DMU’s Cinema and Television History Research Centre, custodians of the Hammer Script Archive since 2012.
Lights! Camera! Action!
From stunning Art Deco facades to luxurious red velvet seats, cinemas are magical places where the stars come alive on screen. Leicester is full of historical cinemas, but how many do you walk past each day and never notice? This exhibition showcases the work of DMU’s Cinema and Television History Research Centre
as they explore these forgotten spaces and help us rediscover their magic.