Changing Leicester

Perceptions of Heritage Development in the Post War Period

The Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society in partnership with Leicester Arts & Museums Service are undertaking a new HLF funded project to explore and collect stories from local people to investigate their deeper and wider personal reflections about Leicester’s heritage post WWII.

The project will seek to uncover how our understanding of the City’s Roman and medieval past has been revealed since 1945. It will also promote the importance of protecting and respecting heritage, collecting people’s memories concerning matters such as loss of buildings in modern developments and campaigns to protect heritage sites.

If you took part in, or lived through the redevelopment of Leicester after the Second World War we would love to speak to you to record your memories.

If you would like to be part of the project or find out more please contact Davey Ivens on

Tram tracks, Aylestone Raod

Highcross Street 1957

Southgates pedestrian underpass 1968

Clock Tower area 1968

Retail Market 1972

Shree Shakti Mandir Canon Street 1980

Demolition near St. Nicolas Circle, 1964

Opening of the Southgates Underpass 1968

Newarke Street 1955

Modbury Ave, Mowmacre Hill, 1959

St. Matthews 1959

Leicester Market and Corn Exchange 1971

Humberstone Gate 1976

Construction in highfields 1968