May 2000

No 102

The University of Leicester will be opening up its campus to the general public once again during a springtime guided tour on Thursday May 25.

The tours are seen by the University as a natural extension of its close ties with the local community and have been popular since their launch two years ago.

Open days, public lectures and musical events attract keen participation and the tour is regarded as an ideal opportunity to provide even greater access.

The University of Leicester has always enjoyed a close relationship with the city, county and Rutland, and it welcomes more visitors who would like to see its buildings and gain an on-the-spot insight into its history and work. Indeed, the University was founded by the people of the region as a living war memorial following the First World War.

The free tour, sponsored by the University of Leicester, will be led by Blue Badge Guide Diana Courtney and will start at 7.00pm outside the Fielding Johnson Building the original building of the University.

Mrs Courtney said: The tour will take approximately an hour and a half and will give an overview of the history of the buildings, background and the key personalities who have played a major role in the University's development.

One of the gems of past tours has been the viewing of a beautifully illustrated 500-year-old book which is very fascinating.

The University has pride of place in Leicester as a seat of great learning and research advances. It also has an important place in history and has a past that is as fascinating as its future is exciting.

Tour places can be booked in advance from Leicester Tourist Information office in Town Hall Square and will also be available on the night. A maximum number of 25 is permitted on the tour.

Car parking will be available on the University Road campus and, in addition to the tour, complementary refreshments will be provided in the University's hospitality suite.

For more information about the tour, please contact Diana Courtney on 0116 273 3721.

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Last updated: 11 May 2000 10:30
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