An upcoming social history project called Leicester Stories will showcase the stories of people living in Leicester from the 1950s onwards and will include an immersive film experience, photographs and artifacts.
Organisers of the exhibition are encouraging locals to contribute their own memories of the city to the collection and are keen to showcase the diversity and development of Leicester.
The permanent exhibition will be hosted in a brand-new exhibition space at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, in New Walk. Both the exhibition and gallery space is being financed by the council’s National Portfolio Organisation funding from Arts Council England.
Local people can get involved by sharing their nominations for two features of the exhibition titled Leicester Milestones and Leicester Community Legends.
A Leicester Milestone can be any event which has taken place in the city since 1950 and helped transform the city into what it is today. Perhaps you can remember the closure of the Belgrave Station line in 1962 or the launch of the vibrant Caribbean Carnival in 1985. Whatever captures your nostalgia, you can share your memory by nominating it.
According to organisers, a Leicester Community Legend is an inspirational person who has helped Leicester become the diverse, thriving city it is today. From local community helpers to individuals who have helped raise the profile of the city, all nominations are welcomed.
Exhibition Project Manager Clare Hudson, says: “We would encourage people from all walks of life and all our communities to help us develop the exhibition by suggesting defining events or milestones that matter to them, so that we can include them in this project. We would love to hear from you!”
Deputy City Mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair, adds: “We have so many diverse communities in Leicester with fascinating stories to tell, so I hope lots of people will help us by sharing their special memories.
“In this way, when this exhibition opens, it will be a wonderful reflection of both personal stories and Leicester’s collective history, which unites us all.”
The call for nominations for the exhibition close on 16 August 2021.
To nominate a Leicester Milestone email exhibition project manager Clare Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message for Clare on 07707 281335.
To nominate a Community Legend, complete the online form here: https://www.leicestermuseums.org/news/leicester-community-legends/
To find out more about the exhibition, please visit: https://www.leicestermuseums.org/learning-engagement/leicester-stories-gallery-project/
By Gita Sarasia