In a landmark event, De Montfort University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard opened the University’s new heritage center in its Hawthorne building today. Occupying a space which includes the remains of two of the original arches of the medieval chantry chapel of St Mary of the Annunciation the new heritage center showcases De Montfort University’s long history using museum quality gallery exhibition design and exhibits produced by DMU’s students. This permanent center includes work by the Digital Building Heritage Group’s MA Architecture students who spent three months this year digitally reconstruction the medieval Church of the Annunciation. We have blogged about this reconstruction before (here) but of particular interest is the church’s national importance as a site of Lancastrian burials and as the site of the public exhibition of the body of King Richard III after his death at the battle of Bosworth in 1485. The digital reconstruction of the church is being shown on a large screen at the heart of the centre close to the arches and forms part of a narrative sequence about the medieval history of the Newarke precinct.