Archives for July 2016

“The Finest Ruin” by Ivo de Jager – 28th & 29th July 2016

Leicester City Council has specially commissioned a play called ‘The Finest Ruin’ (poster below).

The play centres on the development of the Arch of Remembrance – the Lutyens designed War Memorial in Victoria Park.

Scenes cut between Lutyens and the city’s mayor Sir Jonathan North and address the creation of the Arch and the gates which this project is restoring, along with a brief exploration into Lutyens’ own history, with another future story of two young students who happen to meet at the memorial and form a friendship. One student has migrated from New Delhi and finds comfort in the familiar looking war memorial (Links to how similar it looks to the India Gate).

Throughout the story, historical facts and memories of local people, about many of the city’s parks are woven in.

The Finest Ruin will be performed at the Y Theatre, 7 East St, Leicester at 7.30pm on Thursday 28 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday 29 July.

Tickets are free to book, but donations are welcome after the play. They can be booked online at: or by telephoning the Y Theatre on: 0116 255 7066

A Facebook event page provides more information:

On the project in general, you can visit:

Jess Boydon
Project Officer (Parks Heritage), Story of Parks, Leicester City Council, 0116 4544935

The Finest Ruin


“Nobody Told Us” – Hinckley Casualties’ History Revealed in Online Exhibition

25 years of research by Gregory Drozdz on the First World War names on Hinckley War Memorial is now available on the Hinckley and District Museum website: (click on “Nobody Told Us”).

Stories of particular interest may be the “murder” of Captain Charles Palmer, Togo Bolesworth – the best soldier in the Leicestershire Regiment, or Arthur Beadsworth and George Warren of Leicester Fosse and of course the photographs that accompany the biographies, where they have survived and are still reverently kept by the descendants.

This brand new resource will be important to local and family historians, and is not to be missed.

Hinckley War Memorial