Current exhibitions


Temporary Gallery


On a cloudy summer evening in 1919, near the quiet Leicestershire village of Little Stretton, a young woman named Bella Wright was killed. 

Witnesses saw only a mysterious man riding a green bicycle. 

This unsolved case is considered one of Britain’s most infamous of the 20th century. Yet, it continues to be a subject that triggers curiosity. 

To commemorate the centenary of Leicester’s most notorious cold case, heritage organisations throughout the city have united to tell the story of those involved. 

From July 2019 – June 2020 there will be an exhibition alongside a series of talks, tours and activities relating to various aspects of the case and life in 1919. 

We hope you will join us in remembering Bella Wright and the Green Bicycle Mystery.  

Student Gallery


The History of the Leicester School of Nursing & Midwifery

September 8 2018 to January 6, 2019

Nursing is often described as an art and a science - an unrivalled fusion of knowledge, passion, patience, trust and caring.

Whilst the heart of the occupation has always revolved around healing, the role of a nurse has changed dramatically over the centuries, alongside the society for which it cares.  

This exhibition celebrates the origins of nurse training in Leicester - a history shared between the Leicester Royal Infirmary and De Montfort University (DMU), which goes back nearly 150 years. Featuring materials from DMU’s Archives & Special Collections.

Permanent: 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.


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