University of Leicester Campus Architecture Tours

  • Saturday 2 November 2019, 10.30am-11.30am
  • Saturday 2 November 2019, 1.00pm-2.00pm
  • Monday 4 November 2019, 12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Meet at David Wilson Library, University of Leicester LE1 7RH
  • Book your place through Eventbrite

Take a leisurely walk around the main campus of the University of Leicester, and learn how the university was originally founded in 1921 on the site of a former lunatic asylum and military hospital. 

Largely financed by subscriptions and donations, the first new building to arrive on campus - the Astley Clarke Building - was a big achievement. In the post-war period, a master plan was developed by an architect which led to the Percy Gee Building (Students' Union), chemistry buildings, and a series of new science blocks. From the 1960s onward, we look at the era of the tall towers. The Engineering Building by the firm Stirling and Gowan is an international icon, and has recently been conserved. Vertical development also gave us the Charles Wilson Building and the Attenborough Tower. Visit us for a look around this changing campus - you may even spot some graffiti by a young family of Attenboroughs...