On Monday 3rd July 2023, a group of Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey embarked on a cultural journey to Leicester, venturing first to Leicester Central Mosque for a private tour hosted by Imam Shoaib Altaf, and then to the Richard III Visitor Centre.
The Imam provided a comprehensive overview of the Islamic religion and the mosque’s founding, and highlighting the various facilities that make the centre an integral part of the city’s Muslim life. This visit not only provided a glimpse into the architectural and functional aspects of Leicester Central Mosque but also fostered a deeper understanding of the mosque’s role in serving the community and promoting Islamic teachings. The Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey left with a newfound appreciation for the rich cultural tapestry woven into the fabric of Leicester’s diverse religious landscape.
The Richard III Visitor Centre serves as a captivating museum, narrating the life of King Richard III and recounting the remarkable journey of the discovery, exhumation, and reburial of his remains between 2012 and 2015. Here the Friends were treated to two private talks, a buffet lunch, and time to explore this award-winning centre, a blend of great storytelling, beautiful design, and cutting-edge 21st-century technology. The centre eloquently unfolds the captivating and poignant tale of the king’s life, death, and one of the most remarkable archaeological detective stories in history. Our time in this meticulously curated space left us with a deep appreciation for the dedication and ingenuity that went into bringing this historical narrative to life.
An illustrated report and additional photographs are available to logged-in Friends on this website.