Leicester Cathedral Revealed

University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) have been appointed archaeological contractors for the Leicester Cathedral Revealed project. We will be providing regular updates about our archaeological investigations which can be followed via our blog (below) and on Facebook.

Leicester’s Grade II* Cathedral dates back to the 13th century but, as experienced today, it is of the Victorian and Arts & Crafts eras, characterized by a series of restorations by distinguished architects and glaziers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Leicester Cathedral Revealed will restore the building, making it sustainable for future generations, and will also build a new Heritage Learning Centre on the approximate footprint of the 1930s Song School, preserving the open space of Cathedral Gardens.

An artist’s impression of how the heritage learning centre would look outside Leicester Cathedral (Image: van Heyningen and Haward Architects)

The Heritage Learning Centre will provide new hospitality and learning spaces, WCs, offices and storage, and a new Orientation/Exhibition Gallery.

The project aims to protect the historic setting of the Cathedral, enabling a full and more dynamic interpretation of its heritage, archaeology and architecture, and freeing up the physical spaces so that it can function as a cultural venue without compromising the sacred spaces.