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From House of Care to Seat of Learning
November 15 - November 16Free
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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