£300, 000 feasibility study is set to begin next month to develop an idea for a Leicester DNA Centre – an attraction which will tell the story of forensic science.
Leicester has received increasing numbers of tourists as a result of the publicity around the discovery of the remains of King Richard III. Modern forensic science and DNA testing played a crucial role in identifying the remains.
The new attraction will build on the interest in Richard III and also the world-class applied forensic research that has been undertaken in Leicester, including the landmark work of Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester, whose scientific advances helped detectives trap notorious county child killer Colin Pitchfork in the 1980s.
The Conway Building in Greyfriars at the back of the Richard III centre is currently the choice of location for the new attraction.