De Montfort University Heritage Centre

DMU Heritage Centre

De Montfort University’s Heritage Centre showcases the rich history that surrounds our campus and celebrates life in Leicester


About DMU 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

March 7 onwards: DMU Heritage Centre is closed for an exhibition changeover, re-opening on March 13 with DMU 150: The Stories of De Montfort University.

Normal opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12pm to 5pm. For all queries please contact us on 0116 207 8729 or at 

Heritage Sundays - April 26, 11am to 3pm

On the last Sunday of the month between April and November you can explore buildings that aren't normally open to the public. You can visit Leicester Castle Great Hall, Trinity Chapel and Gardens and the DMU Heritage Centre on campus. There's also Newarke Houses Museum and the Magazine run by Leicester City Council nearby and many, many more. Download a copy of the Heritage Sunday 2019 leaflet here for more information, and a new 2020 version will be available soon. 



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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