Author Archives: Katharine Short

About Katharine Short

When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.

Showcasing our photographic history collections

Tweet Special Collections was pleased to be invited to prepare a pop-up display for the Photographic History Research Centre annual conference. The conference theme is Material Practices of Visual History. The case includes a brochure from the Kodak Collection library; … Continue reading

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Citations, references and footnotes, oh my!

Tweet We’ve recently had a rush of readers finalising their coursework and dissertations, and one question we are often asked is how to cite archive documents in their work. References are used to: Enable the reader to locate the sources … Continue reading

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RAF at 100

Tweet April 1 marks 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force. To celebrate we’ve had a look through our press cuttings albums to find associations between the RAF and the Colleges of Art and Technology during the … Continue reading

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The Ski Club of Great Britain Collection comes to DMU!

Tweet Special Collections is delighted that the Ski Club of Great Britain have deposited their collection of winter sports documents, artefacts, artworks and books with us. We celebrated the new partnership at a launch event last week. The collection traces … Continue reading

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New Catalogues on the Archives Hub

Tweet               Thanks to the efforts of our Graduate Champion, Gursharan, we have several more new catalogues available on the Archives Hub. Here’s a round up – remember all of these collections are available … Continue reading

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#FolkloreThursday meets #NationalStorytellingWeek

Tweet Today’s #FolkloreThursday theme is favourite fairy tales, in honour of #NationalStorytellingWeek! We were absolutely spoiled for choice with this theme, as we have such a wonderful collection of beautifully illustrated children’s stories. To start, a Walter Crane illustration for … Continue reading

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New Catalogues, January 2018

Tweet Thanks to the sterling efforts of Gursharan, our Graduate Champion, we have eight new catalogues live on the Archives Hub this month! They are a wide ranging selection of items relating to the history of DMU, fashion, and art. … Continue reading

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#FolkloreThursday : Traditional Leicestershire Food

Tweet For this week’s #FolkloreThursday #food theme we turned to the Leicestershire and Rutland Magazine to see what local traditions there are surrounding mealtimes, cooking and eating. First we found an account of the hearty fare served to the workers … Continue reading

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First new collection of 2018

Tweet Our collections relating to textile and clothing manufacture are growing with the addition today of two boxes of knitted fabric samples from the Stibbe company, a Leicester company involved in the manufacture of industrial knitting machines. The samples were … Continue reading

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New Collections

Tweet Just before Christmas we were excited to take in three new collections. We are processing them and will put catalogues for each one on the Archives Hub in due course. Meanwhile if you are interested in viewing the papers … Continue reading

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