Current exhibitions

Timeline Exhibition

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.


Temporary Gallery

Within Leicestershire Museums Services’ vibrant collection of historic costume lies the R & W.H Symington & Co. archive - a comprehensive collection of fashionable corsetry, foundation wear and swimwear supported by advertising material, photographs, factory equipment and recorded memories.
This exhibition will look at a range of garments from the collection, focusing on those which showcase pioneering designs or technological advancements that influenced the foundations of fashion. In partnership with Leicestershire Museums Service. Based on Foundations of Fashion: the Symington Corsetry Collection 1860 - 1990, by Philip Warren and Sarah Nicol. 

Student Gallery



The School of Corsetry within the Leicester College of Art (predecessor to DMU) was founded in 1947 by the Corsetry Guild of Great Britain as part of a post-Second World War effort to inspire an upswing in local designers. Now known as a BA (Hons) Degree Course, Contour Fashion has become widely praised by industry experts and is considered to be one of the best in the world.
Over the past 70 years, thousands of students have dared to push creative and technological boundaries, contributing to the evolution and accomplishment of this celebrated programme. This exhibition will revisit some of the course's most memorable moments as well as showcase pieces of contemporary student work.
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