The Great War – Lest we forget?

The team is pleased to announce the first live event of 2014: The Great War, Lest we forget?

This event is now fully booked.

The time, the place

Wednesday 19th February 2014.

  • Refreshments from 5.30pm.
  • Event starts at 6.00pm prompt, 7.30pm finish.
  • Drinks reception 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
  • Sixty One Whitehall London SW1A 2ET.

The event

In this latest Leicester Exchanges debate, we will be discussing some of the legacies of the Great War that are often overlooked, including the impact it had on science and technology, the nation’s diet and the role of the state.

The University of Leicester is itself a legacy of the Great War. On Armistice Day 1918 a local dignitary laid down an endowment of £100 towards the foundation of a University College in Leicester, while a prosperous Leicester business owner bought and donated land and buildings (which had served for four years as a military hospital). The institution opened in 1921 with eleven students and a motto – Ut vitem habeant: that they may have life – proclaiming the College’s mission to ensure that the next generation would have opportunities unavailable to their pre-War parents.

We are thrilled that our panel for the event will be:

  • Adrian Van Klaveren, BBC Controller, Great War Centenary;
  • Paul Lay, Editor, History Today;
  • Dr Sally Horrocks, Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Leicester.

Join the debate now


You can join the debate online at Leicester Exchanges, follow us on Twitter @uniofleicester or like us on Facebook. Visit our website for information on this and other events. For enquiries please contact

Get involved

At the heart of the debate is the audience. Your views are important and we’d like you to have the opportunity to shape the way in which policy is developed in the future alongside our speakers. To submit questions to our panel, email the Leicester Exchanges Team.


  1. Albert Sarpong
    Posted 03/02/2014 at 18:58 | Permalink

    Damn! I am gutted because no sooner have I applied for tickets, that I realise I cannot make the event due to a prior engagement. So disappointed to miss what will be a wonderful occasion! 🙁


  2. vicuol
    Posted 28/01/2014 at 11:34 | Permalink

    Hi Roy, If you’d like to come to the event, please drop me an email at or give me a call on 0116 223 1244 and I’d be happy to book your free tickets. Best wishes, Victoria. (University of Leicester, Communications Team).


  3. roy roebuck
    Posted 28/01/2014 at 10:45 | Permalink

    I am a Lecister graduate


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