The Stephen Lawrence Archive and Exhibition

The Stephen Lawrence Archive is a fascinating and important collection of documents, artefacts and photographs kindly donated to DMU by Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The exhibition draws extensively on the archival material which includes schoolbooks, photos, drawings and certificates, which offer a real snapshot into the life of Stephen, painting a picture of a creative young man who was athletic, popular and dreamt of becoming an architect.


The collection tells the story of Stephen’s life and death as well as the family’s fight for justice and the far-reaching impact of the inquiries and investigations into racism and police conduct.

News footage, press coverage and photographs from the time of Stephen’s death show the devastating journey Stephen’s family went through to try to get justice, demonstrated by the Stephen Lawrence Family Campaign leaflets.

Visitors can follow the journey from Stephen’s murder and the family’s fight to get justice, through to the publication of the Macpherson Report and to the 2012 convictions of two of the individuals involved in the murder.


Student work at all levels and across all faculties at DMU, from Law to Art, from Journalism to Psychology, will be inspired by the archive collection, which will open to researchers and the public as part of the launch of the centre in the spring.

Over time, the archive will form the core of a larger collection of material related to the Stephen Lawrence case, histories of black and minority ethnic communities in Leicester, and themes of equality, social justice and diversity in contemporary society. The archive will be held in the Special Collections reading room in Kimberlin Library in a climate-controlled storage facility.

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