“Stephen aspired to become an architect, and whilst other young people may have different ambitions, each and every one of them will become architects of their own future... Imagination is one of the most powerful tools we can use to inspire meaningful societal change, and I cannot wait to see what ideas are born from this project.”

Baroness Doreen Lawrence

30 Years On

2023 will mark the 30th anniversary of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre (SLRC) is partnering with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, Libraries Connected and The Reading Agency to host a programme of activities aimed at children and young people that promote culture, literacy and learning, and speak to the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence.

Schools and communities are invited to use the memory of Stephen’s life and legacy as an opportunity to empower young people to live their best life.

The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre SL30 programme

De Montfort University (DMU) is fortunate to be the home of the Stephen Lawrence Archive which sits at the heart of the SLRC’s programme of work. With our trusted partner, the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, this commemorative time will be of huge national and international importance in honour of Stephen’s life and his legacy.

Get involved

Hopeful Futures: SL30 Creative Challenge

We invite children and young people to take part in the SL30 Creative Challenge. Stephen was a creative and artistically gifted young man and it is in this spirit that we wish to ask children and young people to imagine a world beyond discrimination by creating art around the theme of Hopeful Futures.

Keep in touch

Stay tuned for updates on the SLRC’s SL30 programme:


Twitter: @SLRC_DMU

Join our mailing list by emailing SLRC@dmu.ac.uk

SL30 Reading Challenge

The SLRC is partnering with The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected to launch a reading challenge over the Easter period.

SLRC In Conversation Series – Remembering Stephen Lawrence 30 years on

To commemorate the life of Stephen Lawrence and his ongoing legacy, the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre (SLRC) will be convening the SLRC In Conversation Series – Remembering Stephen Lawrence 30 years on. The first of these conversations took place at De Montfort University, Leicester, you can listen to the recording here. Our next In Conversation events will take place at The University of Manchester, Date to be confirmed and the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 29th March.