While the University campus is closed, we are running regular online talks and training events through the University of Leicester’s virtual learning environment. To find out about forthcoming activities and to register for events please visit our Eventbrite page. You can also access recordings of our previous events below.

“That They May Have Life:” The Founding of the University of Leicester

Originally streamed on 6 May 2020, this guest lecture by University History Research Associate, Elizabeth Blood, tells the story of how Leicester got its University.

Introduction to Archives

University Archivist, Vicky Holmes, explains how our archives are managed, preserved, and made available to researchers in the David Wilson Library and online.

Female Founders Virtual Walking Tour

An introduction to some of the women who helped to create the University of Leicester, presented by Simon Dixon. You can access the presentation to accompany this talk via Google Earth (may not be compatible with some web browsers).

How to make notes and keep references

Dr William Farrell talks about how to take notes and keep accurate references when working with archival documents. The talk covers key principles and looks at practical examples. The session is suitable for people taking notes on paper or on a computer. The slides for this presentation can also be downloaded.

Creating online exhibitions with Omeka

A short online introduction to, a tool for publishing exhibitions online. This session provides an overview of the platform and explains how it can be used to benefit heritage projects. It is intended for both those who would like to get hands on with building exhibits, and those who would just like to learn more. A self-guided tutorial and supporting resources can be downloaded below. Please download the PDF document and five images to your computer to get started.

Harry Peach: Life and Legacy

Join Tony Moore, Maria Scuderi and Jenni Hunt as they explore the life of Harry Peach, and the impact his work has had on the University of Leicester and the wider country. Harry Peach was a businessman who was deeply concerned with improving conditions for workers and preserving the countryside. A founder of the university, more of his life and legacy has been discovered through the So That They May Have Life project.

Creating and editing content on Wikipedia

This first session (3 February 2021) gave an outline of what Wikipedia is and how it works. Together we created accounts to help you edit, and there was a time to ask questions about Wikipedia.

In the second session (10 February 2021), the trainer walked us through how to make an edit and explained how Wikipedia’s principles relate to writing.

In the third and final session (17 February 2021) we took our articles live.