Centenary events

The end of the First World War marked the start of our story… the beginnings of a university in Leicester as a living memorial to honour those who made sacrifices during the Great War.

On Remembrance Sunday in 2018, the University embarked on a mission to honour those who lost their lives, with a commitment to lay 100 wreaths across memorial sites in Leicestershire and Rutland.

In 2018, eleven current students laid wreaths in the local area, following a dedication service at the University with speeches by Sir David Attenborough and Sir Peter Soulsby. In 2019, a further 15 sites were covered.

The pilgrimage resumed this year and culminated with University staff laying wreaths on campus and respecting silence for those lives lost.

Learn more about the event

Poppy Pilgrimage 2019

See more from our Poppy Pilgrimage event from 2019.

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