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.

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The Origins of De Montfort University

Yesterday was a special day for De Montfort University – 150 years since the meeting at which it was decided to start the Leicester School of Art. You can see a story about the anniversary here and have a look … Continue reading

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New Cataloguing

We’ve added some fascinating new catalogues to our Epexio site today! D/085: Papers of Janet Reger Lingerie Company               Janet Reger (1935-2005) studied at the School of Corsetry at the Leicester College of Art … Continue reading

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#WorldBookDay 2019

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 of … Continue reading

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149 Years of DMU

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 for … Continue reading

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Archives Appeal – Visit from Helen Dunn

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 later … Continue reading

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New Collection : Papers of Andrew Logan, artist

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 at … Continue reading

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Come and work with us!

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 to … Continue reading

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Review of 2018

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 work … Continue reading

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