About the centre

Inspired by the loan of archival materials by DMU Chancellor, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, which document the history of the Lawrence family’s fight for justice in the wake of their son’s tragic murder, the SLRC has a mission of becoming a hub of innovative and world-leading research. The SLRC intends to create inclusive, intergenerational research communities that engage academics, students, alumni, local communities and the general public. It aspires to become a place that attracts and develops innovative thinkers who will become leaders by creating impact through their research on a local, national and global scale.


Elements of the centre

The SLRC is comprised of an exhibition space drawn from the Stephen Lawrence archive that chronicles the 25-year journey towards justice in the aftermath of Stephen Lawrence’s tragic death. Other materials held in the Stephen Lawrence Archive will be available for consultation in special collections at the Kimberlin Library. Additionally, the centre also houses seminar space and learning area with computer terminals, space for informal conversation and a mini-library for the public to use.


  • Curate the Stephen Lawrence Archive in collaboration with DMU Special Collections as an educational resource for wide-ranging audiences including academic researchers, students of all ages, and the general public
  • Cultivate inclusive and intergenerational research communities that work collaboratively to develop interdisciplinary research related to the four research target areas
  • Champion the role of research in creating influence and impact on a local, national and global scale
  • Serve as a hub for knowledge exchange and partnership between universities and various public bodies and audiences
  • Contribute to De Montfort University’s strategic plan to recruit, develop and retain a more diverse academic research staff who are empowered to become thought leaders in their respective fields

Research target areas

  • Histories and cultures of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK
  • The concept and practice of institutional racism
  • Denials of justice
  • The social psychology of racial violence

Contact us

Stephen Lawrence Research Centre
Ground floor Hugh Aston Building
Hawthorn Square

T: (0116) 366 4370
E: slrc@dmu.ac.uk

Exhibition opening times: 12-5pm Monday - Friday

Apologies, at this time the Stephen Lawrence Exhibition is not available. However, the seminar room is available for internal bookings by emailing slrc@dmu.ac.uk

Follow us on Twitter: @SLRC_DMU


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