History

Leicester’s heritage and history

Arts in Leicester magazine championed the rich historical heritage of our city for a long time.

Some years back, Arts in Leicestershire started a section on architecture in which we explored two thousands years of the built environment.

We have continued this in this new version of the magazine with a series of articles that celebrate several aspects of Leicester’s diverse and fascinating history.

The Queen

Æthelflæd, the Lady of the Mercians. Statue in the Guildhall courtyard.
Æthelflæd, the Lady of the Mercians.
Statue in the Guildhall courtyard.

We ran a story about a long forgotten lady who saved the city from marauding invaders. Æthelflæd, the Lady of the Mercians.

The Castle

Benches in one of the courts of Leicester Castle
Benches in one of the courts of Leicester Castle

We went inside Leicester Castle to take a detailed look at the Great Hall and many of the other ancient features of this nationally important edifice.

Inside Leicester Castle

The King

The statute of King Richard III
The statue of King Richard III

The reinterment of Richard III was an unforgettable moment in the life of the city and we proud to have been there.

Richard III is laid to rest

The Romans

Recreation of a Roman kitchen at the Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester
Recreation of a Roman kitchen at the Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester

We could make a whole magazine about the Romans in Leicester; there is enough to fill it. But, we have focused on a number of aspects of Roman life that we think deserve attention.

The music

For two thousand years the people of Leicester have been listening to music from around the world.

Music in the time of Richard III.

The dinners

We were what we ate.

The shows

Entertainment has long been something enjoyed by Leicester’s people throughout the ages. Many famous poets, playwrights, composers, actors and notable celebrities have visited the city and some were even born here.

Even William Shakespeare might have come here once.

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Our contents page lists all the articles in this magazine