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.

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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Change to Opening Hours

Tweet A practical post for a Monday morning! We have had a change of staffing in Special Collections which has meant an adjustment to our opening hours. During December 2017 we are open on Mondays by appointment only, and open … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive 2017 : Summary

Tweet What a fantastic week we have had participating in the Explore Your Archive campaign! We held 5 events attracting over 500 visitors, as well as joining in with the national Twitter activity using a different archival hashtag each day. … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive 2017 #archivescience

Tweet From ‘low-tech’ paper, card and stamps to the dawn of information technology, this gallery traces the use of technology within the Kimberlin Library, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.

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Explore Your Archive 2017 : #hairyarchives

Tweet Today’s #explorearchives hashtag is #hairyarchives. We absolutely love this theme and as a challenge to ourselves we thought we would attempt to find at least one hairy archive for each decade since DMU opened as the Leicester College of Art … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive 2017 : #ediblearchives

Tweet Today Explore Your Archive is delving into the world of food and drink with the hashtag #ediblearchives. Travelling expands the mind and offers new experiences – and trying out local dishes is a huge part of being abroad! Menus, … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive 2017 – #archivecatwalk

Tweet For our first #ExploreArchives hashtag, #Archivecatwalk, we have an abundance of material! There is so much to choose from: fashion journals and magazines, plates and sketches and staff and student work. This is largely due to the fact that … Continue reading

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