Representations of Industry
While there are plenty of buildings across the city that remind us of Leicester’s industrial past there are other things that remind us as well.
Painted advertisements on walls give us a glimpse of businesses and products of the past, some local and some national. A collection of examples from Leicester and Leicestershire can be found on the My Leicestershire History website under ‘Ghost Signs of Leicestershire’:
Click here to see more ghost signs.
There are also works of art that have been inspired by, or are linked to, the industrial past. This is a list of public artworks and statues in Leicester:
- Cardinal Wolsey
- John Biggs
- St Margaret
- The Clicker
- The Leicester Seamstress
- The Liberty Statue
- Thomas Cook
Other industry related art
‘Change Over Time’ by Heather Parnell, 2009. Sanvey Gate, Leicester. Three landmark features based on Leicester’s industries of knitting, shoe making and typewriters. Commissioned by Leicester City Council.
Hawthorn Building, De Montfort University. Entrance doors on the Newarke. Four relief panels by Percy Brown showing art and design tools and equipment.
Minerva and Mercury, roundels with busts by Samuel Barfield (Minerva and Mercury are the protectors of the crafts and commerce). On Premier House, Rutland Street.
Click here to find out more about art on New Walk.
Click here to find out more about art in the Cultural Quarter.