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New programme of heritage panels approved

Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Abbey Park Mills existing heritage interpretation panel

THE latest phase of heritage interpretation panels telling the story of Leicester’s fascinating history have been given the go ahead.

Leicester City Council has drawn up plans for 19 new interpretation panels to be located throughout the city, bringing to life key events and sites from the city’s past.

They will include a series of panels telling the story of the life and family of renowned furniture designer and architect Ernest Gimson, on the centenary of his death.

The role of Raw Dykes will be also explored, focusing both on the Roman earthworks and later role in the English Civil War, along with panels telling the history of the Gas Cottages and Leicester Gasworks in Aylestone Road.

Sports heritage will also be showcased on panels telling the history of Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Fosse FC 1884, Leicester County Cricket Club and Welford Road rugby stadium.

Leicester Royal Infirmary’s history will also feature, as will heritage sites including the Victorian Asfordby Street Police Station in North Evington, and Winstanley House in Braunstone.

This first phase of new panels follows the 112 already located across the city and neighbouring historic villages, as part of work to support the city’s tourism agenda and help both residents and visitors to understand and appreciate key sites across Leicester. The panels also work in conjunction with the historical information at the Story of Leicester website, on www.storyofleicester.info

Heritage information panels across the city cover a number of key eras in the city’s history, including Roman, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, early 20th century and modern.

It is estimated that the latest phase of 19 panels will cost about £57,000 including all work needed for historical research, production, legal and installation costs. Proposals are also being drawn up for a second phase of panels, highlighting some of the area’s medieval, Georgian and industrial heritage, as part of the overall £150,000 budget for the entire programme.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The heritage information panels have proved to be a fantastic way of bringing to life the city’s fascinating history, in a colourful, informative way.

“Some of these sites have been well-preserved over the centuries, while others have changed dramatically over the years. In both cases, these panels shed light on different eras of the city’s 2,000-year history, providing both residents and visitors with helpful information, and giving a clearer appreciation of sites representing important points in Leicester’s past.”

The latest series of 19 heritage panels is expected to take about 12 months to fully research, design and put into place across the city.

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