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From House of Care to Seat of Learning

November 15 - November 16

Free

The University of Leicester’s Grade II-listed Fielding Johnson Building has a rich and varied history as an asylum (1837-1908); military hospital (1914-1919); and site of higher education (1921-present). Come along for illustrated walking tours showcasing the building’s history, using archival plans and photographs. See an interactive exhibition in the Library’s new Digital Reading Room, and a pop-up exhibition on the First World War hospital loaned by the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

The University of Leicester is currently running a project that explores its history. The University opened in 1921; founded and funded by local people in the wake of World War I in tribute to those who fought, perished, or endured, and with aspirations for future generations of local people who deserved higher education on their doorstop. The largest gift was of the former Leicestershire Lunatic Asylum, (later 5th Northern General Military Hospital), which was renamed the Fielding Johnson Building after its donor.

This event will be taking place between 1:00pm and 2:30pm on both days.

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Contact email address

specialcollections@le.ac.uk

Booking required?

Yes


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Start:
November 15
End:
November 16
Cost:
Free
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Explore the Fielding Johnson Building (usually closed to the public). Its former life as the Victorian County Lunatic Asylum and the 5th Northern General military Hospital during World War One will come to life with talks and tours.
Is booking required?
Yes
Contact email address
specialcollections@le.ac.uk
Event partners
N/A
Region
East Midlands
City/town
Leicester
Accessibility information
Due to the age of the building, wheelchair access is via an alternative route to that followed by the tours. Accessible parking is available on campus. Please advise of accessibility requirements when booking.
Image copyright information
University of Leicester Archives and Special Collections

Venue

Fielding Johnson Building (meet at David Wilson Library Foyer)
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH United Kingdom
+ Google Map
Accessibility information
Due to the age of the building, wheelchair access is via an alternative route to that followed by the tours. Accessible parking is available on campus. Please advise of accessibility requirements when booking.
Phone:
0116 252 2056
Website:
www.le.ac.uk/our-history