Welcome to Look Up Leicester
(Please bear with us whilst we continue to build the website)
According to the most recent (2015) Good Growth for Cities Index ranking, Leicester is the ninth best city to live in, and to quote: "ahead of any of its rivals in the Midlands", but you wouldn't think it by speaking to the residents in Leicester where we tend to be slightly self-deprecating.
Many young people feel that their future prospects will be determined by whether they manage to "escape" from Leicester or get "stuck" here. We want to challenge this view with the Youth Action Team (YAT) and get people to look above the corporate shopfronts that have compounded the sense that Leicester is not a place to be proud of and instead look into the most interesting buildings that tell the story of what makes Leicester the city that it is. In 2013, we celebrated Leicester's food and festivals through our 'Year of the Leicestival' project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Now we want to celebrate the way that Leicester looks through our 'Look Up Leicester' project, also funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and which will see us working with the Leicester Civic Society, RIBA and the East Midlands Oral History Archive.
Leicester really has got a lot to shout about. Our project has been about socially connecting a group of young people to the place they live and feel proud of their heritage and diversity to enable them to understand how and why they can really shout about Leicester as their great city. Check out the links on the navigation menu to find out more about Leicester's most interesting buildings, as gathered by young people.