Centenary Square dedication

students chatting in centenary square

After the city Remembrance Service on Victoria Park, Sunday 11 November, members of the public, staff and students attended the official naming ceremony of Centenary Square.

Sir David Attenborough and Michael Attenborough CBE paid their respects to those from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who made sacrifices during the Great War and started the formal celebrations of the centenary of Leicester’s first university by dedicating Centenary Square in honour of the University's legacy. 

The official naming ceremony marked the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day and the new name recognises the significance of this date in the University’s history. The official opening was also the launch of our poppy wreath pilgrimage. This is a three-year project to lay poppy wreaths at war memorials in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, ending in November 2021 – the year of our centenary.

Centenary Square is public space for staff, students and visitors in the heart of our campus. A magnificent multi-use outdoor venue in the centre of the campus, it has the ability to hold a wide variety of events to showcase the very best of Leicester. The Square comprises a sensitively landscaped 1,000m2 area of space connecting the surrounding campus buildings.

Sir David and Michael Attenborough join the Vice-Chancellor, guests and public to dedicate Centenary Square on 11 November 2018.