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.

#WorldBookDay 2019

Tweet Special Collections looks after a range of rare books and journals as well as our archive and object holdings. Did you know we have a small number of early printed books, dating from 1474 to 1799? The subject matter … Continue reading

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Special Collections catalogues

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149 Years of DMU

Tweet Classes at the Leicester School of Art started on 1st March 1870 – 149 years ago! Have you ever wondered how the School of Art became De Montfort University? This chart should help: Special Collections recently launched an appeal … Continue reading

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Archives Appeal – Visit from Helen Dunn

Tweet As part of our appeal for former staff and students of DMU and predecessors to share their memories with us, we’ve recently hosted former lecturer in knitwear Helen Dunn. Helen studied at Leicester Polytechnic and returned a few years … Continue reading

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New Collection : Papers of Andrew Logan, artist

Tweet Special Collections is delighted to have acquired a collection relating to the life and work of artist Andrew Logan. To see the description and box list, please go to our catalogues: Andrew Logan was born in 1945 and studied … Continue reading

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Come and work with us!

Tweet Come and join our team! We’ve secured a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant to catalogue an exciting set of collections relating to sports history including skiing, boxing, football and the Special Olympics! If you have any questions or want … Continue reading

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Review of 2018

Tweet What a year it’s been! Here’s a summary of some of the highlights… January: We had some wonderful new collections including Leicester Riders Basketball Club, Leicester Area National Union of Mineworkers, the papers of David Batchelor, community and youth … Continue reading

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The Oronto Douglas Collection

Tweet We are pleased to announce an exciting new collection – papers of Oronto Douglas, Nigerian environmental rights lawyer and alumni of DMU! Oronto Douglas was born in Okoroba, Nigeria. He attended the University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, … Continue reading

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New website for Special Collections catalogues

Tweet Special Collections is delighted to announce that we have moved to a new cataloguing system with a dedicated new website! The system, Epexio by Metadatis, will give us more behind-the-scenes functionality that will enable us to improve the catalogues … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive day 9 – #InternationalArchives

Tweet DMU is rightly proud of its #DMUGlobal scheme, an international experience programme for our students, which aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and to develop key skills valued by employers. For today’s #InternationalArchives theme I chose a couple of … Continue reading

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