Andrew Davies Collection comes to Special Collections

We are very pleased to announce that DMU Special Collections has received papers of the celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies. The collection was donated to DMU’s Centre for Adaptations in 2015, where it has been catalogued and digitised by research assistants Anna Blackwell and Natalie Hayton (below, with the collection). The paper originals have now been handed to the Archive for safe keeping.

Anna and Natalie with andrew Davies

Spanning 1967’s “Getting the Smell of It” all the way to 2016’s “War and Peace”, the papers include drafts of books, poems, screenplays, radio plays, stage plays and films, correspondence, production notes, press cuttings and research notes.

The catalogue is available on request from the Archivist and the collection can be viewed Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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.
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