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Revamp planned for Story of Leicester website

Published on Thursday, August 18, 2016

A WEBSITE that aims to bring Leicester’s 2000-year history to life is to be completely redeveloped over the next 12 months.

The city council wants to revamp the Story of Leicester website with new copy, new images and new video content to create an exciting interactive resource that will encourage residents, students and visitors to find out more about the city and its history.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Leicester’s 2000 years of continuous history is a source of great pride for residents – and a huge draw for visitors.

“This website has done a good job in introducing people to the city’s history over the last few years, but there’s now so much new content being generated that it’s outgrown its structure and is becoming difficult to navigate.

“By completely redeveloping the Story of Leicester site, we hope to create a resource that will not only be of interest to residents, but that could also encourage online browsers to visit the city and discover Leicester’s history for themselves.”

Work on the £90,000 project will get under way this summer, with the brand new Story of Leicester website due to be launched in summer 2017.

The intention is to develop the website around the key themes of Leicester’s heritage interpretation panels, which are now an established part of the city’s streetscape.

Themes such as ‘King Richard III’s Medieval Leicester’ and ‘Thomas Cook’s Victorian Leicester’ will be reflected in the website’s structure, helping to create a joined-up approach to heritage interpretation in the city.

More of Leicester’s popular heritage panels are planned, with £45,000 earmarked for phase three of the programme.

Around 90 panels have already been installed around the city – charting Leicester’s journey from Roman times to the modern era – and the council will now be commissioning 25 additional panels.

The new panels will be installed in city centre locations, as well as in and around London Road and Belgrave Road.

Historic churches, such as St Mark’s and St James the Greater, will feature on the new panels, and there will also be heritage panels at the Stoneygate Tram Depot, the iconic New Coliseum Cinema on Belgrave Road and at the Y Theatre on East Street.

Leicester’s heritage interpretation panels can be seen in shopping centres, on medieval churches, near former factory sites and in front of the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Clock Tower and Corn Exchange.  They can also be seen in Leicester’s historic villages, including Aylestone, Belgrave and Evington.

A full list of all Leicester’s heritage panels is available at www.visitleicester.info